Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Noseda to Zurich

My blog post about Dallas Symphony hiring Fabio Luisi didn't mention that he's leaving the Zurich Opera House, thus leaving an opening there.

Gianandrea Noseda, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, will be taking the Zurich position as of 2021, and he'll begin conducting a Ring, directed by Andreas Homoki, the artistic director at Zurich.

More about this in Michael Cooper's NY Times article.

Updated list of openings, etc.:
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: currently looking owing to departure of Charles Dutoit
  • Orchestre National de Lyon: open now, with Leonard Slatkin's departure
  • Opera North: open now, with Aleksandr Markovic's departure
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: 2017 is Stephen Lord's final season as MD
  • Teatro Regio Turin: Open now with departure of Gianandrea Noseda 
  • Minnesota Opera: Michael Christie leaves this year 
  • Sao Paulo Symphony: Marin Alsop leaves at some point
  • BBC Philharmonic when Juanjo Mena leaves at the end of 2017-18
  • Berkeley Symphony, when Joana Carneiro leaves at the end of 2017-18
  • Washington National Opera, departure of Philippe Auguin at conclusion of 2017-18 
  • San Francisco Opera, departure of Nicola Luisotti at conclusion of 2017-18
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which Leonard Slatkin leaves at the close of the 2017-18 season.
  • MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony: 2018 departure for Kristian Jarvi
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra: 2018 departure for Robin Ticciati
  • Toronto SO: 2018 departure for Peter Oundjian
  • Winnipeg SO: 2018 departure for Alexander Mickelthwate
  • Orchestre de Paris, when Daniel Harding leaves at the end of 2018-19
  • Sarasota Orchestra after Anu Tali  leaves at the end of 2018-2019
  • Melbourne Symphony: Sir Andrew Davis leaves at the end of 2019 
  • Ulster Orchestra: Rafael Payare leaves in 2019
  • Richmond Symphony: Steven Smith leaves in 2019 
  • Singapore Symphony: 2019 departure for Lan Shui
  • Dresden Philharmonic: 2019 departure for Michael Sanderling
  • 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.
  • San Francisco Symphony! when MTT leaves at the end of 2019-20
  • Montreal Symphony Orchestra: Kent Nagano is leaving the OSM after 2019-2020. 
  • Fort Worth Symphony: Miguel Harth-Bedoya leaves in 2020 
  • Royal Opera, when Antonio Pappano leaves in 2020
  • Opera de Paris, when Philippe Jordan leaves in 2020
  • Atlanta Symphony, when Robert Spano leaves in 2020
  • Virginia Symphony: JoAnn Falletta leaves in 2020
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales when Thomas Søndergård leaves for his new job
  • Milwaukee Symphony
  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Conductors looking for jobs (that is, as of the near future, or now, they do not have a posting):
  • Lionel Bringuier
  • Robert Spano
  • Juanjo Mena
  • Antonio Pappano
  • Ludovic Morlot
  • Sian Edwards
  • Jun Markl
  • Ingo Metzmacher
  • 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
  • Lothar Koenigs
  • Henrik Nanasi
And closed:
  • Zurich Opera: Gianandrea Noseda becomes music director in 2021, following the departure of Fabio Luisi.
  • Dallas Symphony: Fabio Luisi assumes the position of Music Director in 2019-20. He has an initial five-year contract.
  • Orchestra of St. Luke's: Bernard Labadie starts with the 2018-2019 season 
  • Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra: Thomas Zehetmair starts with the 2018-2019 season
  • BBC Concert Orchestra: Bramwell Tovey started in 2018 
  • Toledo Symphony: Alain Trudel starts with the 2018-2019 season
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich: Paavo Jarvi starts with the 2019-2020 season
  • Netherlands Radio Philharmonic: Karina Canellakis starts with the 2019-2020 season 
  • Sylvain Cambreling has replaced the late Sir Jeffrey Tate at the Hamburg Symphony
  • San Diego Symphony: Rafael Payare starts in 2019 
  • Yomiuri Nippon Symphony: Sebastian Weigle starts in April 2019
  • Vienna RSO: Marin Alsop starts with the 2019-2020 season
  • Elim Chan becomes chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony in 2019-20
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Jaime Martin starts with the 2019-2020 season 
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège: Gergely Madaras starts with the 2019-2020 season 
  • Kent Nagano is now the Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatsoper in Hamburg
  • WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne: Cristian Măcelaru starts with the 2019-2020 season
  • Israel Philharmonic: Lahav Shani starts with the 2020-2021 season 
  • Bayerische Staatsoper when Vladimir Jurowski joins in 2021.
  • Vienna Symphony: Andrés Orozco-Estrada starts with the 2021-2022 season
  • Clarinetist Martin Frøst becomes chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in 2019 when Thomas Dausgaard leaves for Seattle.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 in 2018-19; announced early October, 2016
  • Vancouver Symphony; Otto Tausk comes on in 2018

1 comment:

Geo. said...

Some updates for your list:

(a) Openings/Departures:
* Bochum Symphony Orchestra: Steven Sloane steps down as GMD in 2021
* London Philharmonic Orchestra: Vladimir Jurowski steps down as principal conductor in 2021
* Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Netherlands Chamber Orchestra / Dutch National Opera: Marc Albrecht steps down as chief conductor in 2020
* Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra: Vasily Petrenko steps down as chief conductor in 2020
* Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Vasily Petrenko steps down as chief conductor in 2021
* Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: Yannick Nezet-Seguin steps down as chief conductor in 2018
* Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra: Marin Alsop steps down as music director at the end of December 2019
* Staatskapelle Weimar: Kirill Karabits concludes as GMD in 2019

(b) New appointments:
* Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: Lahav Shani becomes principal conductor in 2018
* Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Vasily Petrenko becomes music director in 2021
* Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Thomas Søndergård becomes music director in 2018
* Santa Fe Opera: Harry Bicket is promoted to music director in 2018
* Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Maxim Emelyanychev becomes principal conductor in 2019
* Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Daniel Raiskin becomes music director in 2018

I know that we've had this argy-bargy before about Pappano, but he is really is not stepping down from Covent Garden in 2020. The ROH has not issued a formal press release to date on this, and except for that one article that you mentioned back then where Pappano dropped a hint, but not an explicit "I'm outta here" statement, there has been no formal announcement at all from the ROH or anywhere else (besides rumor-mongering from the worst gossip in classical music, and we both know what that's worth) that Pappano is leaving Covent Garden in 2020. No offense, but there really is no definitive word or reason to think that Sir A. is moving on from the ROH.

On your earlier post about Fabio Luisi, I intuited (but didn't post at the time - easy to say, impossible to prove, I know) that if he were to give up one of his posts to make room for Dallas, it was most likely to be Zurich, since that's the place that he's served the longest so far, since 2012. Luisi has very recently started with the Danish National SO and the Opera di Firenze. It would have been a huge slap in the face to either of those organizations for him to leave soon. Plus, FWIW, from talking with an acquaintance with the Dallas SO, they are totally thrilled beyond belief to have landed Luisi. They are willing to wait it out until he can take the full music director title.

It is indeed not ideal that many established conductors have multiple posts, which does, in principle, shut out conductors who are either just getting started, or older and more experienced conductors who are under-employed for posts. But for good or ill, there's the chemistry factor. One can't just match any conductor with any orchestra or opera company to "spread the wealth" and hope for the best. Some conductors lead multiple ensembles because those groups like them (or at least tolerate them acceptably after several years). Other conductors are left wandering without artistic homes, maybe because no one wants them as the boss. In the case of the latter, maybe there are reasons.