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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Current Open Posts / Job-Hunting Conductors

Following comments from the esteemed Chantarelle: Philippe Jordan, who is already MD of the VPO, will be leaving the Opera de Paris for Vienna in 2020. Antonio Pappano's contract at the ROH is up in two (three?) years.


Current list of known openings:
  • San Francisco Symphony! when MTT leaves at the end of 2019-20
  • Sarasota Orchestra after Anu Tali  leaves at the end of 2018-2019
  • Royal Opera, when Antonio Pappano leaves in 2020
  • Opera de Paris, when Philippe Jordan leaves in 2020
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which Leonard Slatkin leaves at the close of the 2017-18 season.
  • Swedish Chamber Orchestra announced in May, 2017, that Thomas Dausgaard will be stepping down as principal conductor at the end of the 2018-19 season. Perhaps this was a tipoff about the Seattle appointment, which commences with 2019-20.
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra (when Jaap van Zweden takes up his new post at the NYPO)
  • Milwaukee Symphony
  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Dresden Philharmonic: 2019 departure for Michael Sanderling
  • MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony: 2018 departure for Kristian Jarvi
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra: 2018 departure for Robin Ticciati
  • Orchestre National de Lyon: open now, with Leonard Slatkin's departure
  • Singapore Symphony: 2019 departure for Lan Shui
  • Vienna RSO: 2018 departure for Cornelius Meister
  • Toronto SO: 2018 departure for Peter Oundjian
  • Winnipeg SO: 2018 departure for Alexander Mickelthwate
  • Hamburg Symphony, following death of Sir Jeffrey Tate
  • Washington National Opera, departure of Philippe Auguin at conclusion of 2017-18 
  • San Francisco Opera, departure of Nicola Luisotti at conclusion of 2017-18
  • Opera North: open now, with Aleksandr Markovic's departure
  • Bavarian State Opera: with Kirill Petrenko going to Berlin and KP's Munich contract through 2021, it's sort of implied that he'll give up Munich
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: 2017 is Stephen Lord's final season as MD
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: David Robertson will be leaving the SSO at the end of 2019. So he really will be without an orchestral home as of 1/1/2020.
  • Montreal Symphony Orchestra: Kent Nagano is leaving the OSM after 2019-2020. 
I am curious about all of these, but of course the San Francisco Opera opening is closest to home.

Conductors looking for jobs (that is, as of the near future, or now, they do not have a posting):

  • Antonio Pappano
  • Ludovic Morlot
  • Sian Edwards
  • Jun Markl
  • Ingo Metzmacher
  • Bramwell Tovey
  • Jac van Steen
  • Mark Wigglesworth
  • Simone Young 
  • David Robertson
  • Peter Oundjian as of the end of 2017-18
  • Philippe Auguin
  • Kwame Ryan
  • Ilan Volkov
  • Aleksandr Markovic
And closed:
  • Thomas Zehetmair is going to the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 2019
  • Matthias Bamert is going to the Sapporo Symphony in 2018 
  • Lorenzo Viotti was named music director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, as of 2018
  • Joana Mallwitz appointed GMD in Nuremberg, effective 2018
  • Philippe Jordan to the Vienna Staatsoper / VPO (Dominique Meyer not planning to appoint a WSO MD; his contract expires in 2020.)
  • Semyon! Bychkov fills the vacancy at the Czech Philharmonic, following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek
  • Dennis Russell Davies becomes music director of the Brno Philharmonic, which had been open since 2015, as of the 2018-19 season.
  • Nicola Luisotti becoming an assistant music director at the Teatro Real, Madrid, 2018.
  • Seattle Symphony, where Thomas Dausgaard will succeed Ludovic Morlot; announced early October, 2016
  • Vancouver Symphony; Otto Tausk comes on in 2018
  • Orchestra Nationale de France; Emmanuel Krivine takes the post in 2017.
  • NDR Elbphilharmonie: Alan Gilbert becomes MD (or chief conductor) in the 2019-20 season.
  • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Stéphane Denève to succeed David Robertson
  • Hong Kong Philharmonic; Jaap van Zweden's contract extended through summer of 2022
  • City of Birmingham SO; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla appointed 2/4/2016, succeeding Andris Nelsons
  • New York Philharmonic; Jaap Van Zweden appointed, 1/27/16, succeeding Alan Gilbert
  • National Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda appointed, 1/4/2016, succeeding Christoph Eschenbach.
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus: Andris Nelsons appointed, 9/9/2015
  • LSO: Simon Rattle appointed, 3/2/2015
  • Orchestra de Paris: Daniel Harding, 6/11/2015
  • Berlin Philharmonic: Kirill Petrenko appointed, 6/22/2015
  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard succeeds Donald Runnicles in September, 2016

2 comments:

Geo. said...

With all due respect to Chantarelle, Pappano's ROH contract is up in 2020, rather than 2019. In principle, that gives the ROH a bit more time to search for a successor, assuming that the search is on, since the ROH haven't formally announced that Pappano is done after 2020. There have been newspaper reports with hints, to be sure, but that's obviously not the same as an official press release.

Some other names of under-employed conductors for your list:
* Kwame Ryan
* Ilan Volkov
* Aleksandr Markovic (but after Opera North basically ran him out of Leeds, maybe he's somewhat damaged goods)

Other recent news:
* Anu Tali is leaving the Sarasota Orchestra after 2018-2019
* Joana Mallwitz just got appointed GMD in Nuremberg, effective 2018
* Lorenzo Viotti was named music director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, as of 2018
* Matthias Bamert is going to the Sapporo Symphony in 2018 (although when you have a 75-yo conductor [Bamert] replacing an 81-yo conductor [Max Pommer], one wonders)
* Thomas Zehetmair is going to the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 2019

I'm sorry that I blanked & never replied to your other thread a while back about Bychkov. Interestingly, in a Czech (or Slovak; can't recall which) article on DRD's appointment to Brno, it mentioned that the Czech Phil was going to make an announcement in a few weeks' time, in mid-October. When I saw that, I thought "maybe Bychkov?". With hindsight, presumably SB's appointment to the Czech Phil wouldn't have come about had Belohlavek not sadly died. But now that it has happened, I wonder if maybe for Bychkov, he sees this as his last big post in his career, kind of like Rattle with the LSO.

Some more orchestra openings for your list, somewhat older news:
* Sydney Symphony Orchestra: David Robertson will be leaving the SSO at the end of 2019. So he really will be without an orchestral home as of 1/1/2020.
* Montreal Symphony Orchestra: Kent Nagano is leaving the OSM after 2019-2020.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thank you - I have duly updated the post.

Bychkov is 64, Rattle 62, which seems too young to be assuming their final permanent posts, although I assume that by 75, maybe you'd prefer to give up the administrative side of conducting.