Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera

Fabio Luisi, a frequent guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, will assume the title of principal guest conductor starting in 2010-11. The Italian maestro first conducted at the Met in 2005 (Don Carlo) and will return in 2010-11 for Ariadne auf Naxos and Rigoletto. Luisi follows Valery Gergiev in the spot. He was principal guest from 1998 to 2008.

New Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera

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Fabio Luisi, a frequent guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, will assume the title of principal guest conductor starting in 2010-11. The Italian maestro first conducted at the Met in 2005 (Don Carlo) and will return in 2010-11 for Ariadne auf Naxos and Rigoletto. Luisi follows Valery Gergiev in the spot. He was principal guest from 1998 to 2008.

Luisi is currently chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony and artistic director of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He has been guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

In the meantime, another frequent Met conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has signed an extension of his contract with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He will remain music director there - he also followed Gergiev in the post - at least through 2015, the orchestra announced April 23.

By the way, was anyone else mystified by the use of the word 'anoints" by headline writers in the Times? I've understood that word to be exclusively religious, sometimes suggesting divine intervention, but maybe the Times knows something about Peter Gelb we don't know.

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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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