Archive for April, 2010

Met Names Principal Guest Conductor

by: Colin Oettle

The Metropolitan Opera recently named Italian conductor Fabio Luisi its principal guest conductor—only the second time a conductor has held the title. Although the three year contract is unrelated to James Levine’s recent absences due to illness, Luisi will act as the go-to conductor for any future performances Levine may miss.

Maestro Luisi has periodically conducted at the Met since 2005, and was already scheduled to lead several performances next season. He is currently the chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and is scheduled to become the music director of the Zurich Opera in 2012. His post as principal guest conductor will both allow him to become more familiar with the company and its orchestra, and act as reassurance for the staff in the event of any further absences. Peter Gelb, The Met’s general manager, acknowledges that while Luisi has the expertise to succeed James Levine, that scenario is not yet a consideration. Neither Gelb, or Luisi have any anticipation of Levine stepping down, and assert that the Met can simply enjoy its newest resident Maestro.

via The New York Times.

Lacombe Invigorates NJSO

by: Colin Oettle

Jacques Lacombe enjoyed a warm public reception after his first weekend of performances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In fact, the new music director “could hardly have made a stronger impression” according to The Star Ledger.

Lacombe succeeded Neeme Järvi as the NJSO’s conductor, and was considered the perfect candidate to revitalize and polish the orchestra. It seems he did just that. Ronni Reich wrote for the Ledger that the orchestra’s new sound was “fittingly earthy and surprisingly refined,” noting that the ensemble’s tone was “full of depth without ever feeling heavy, thick or unwieldy.” View Full Article »

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