Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Royal Danish Opera appoints Alexander Vedernikov as chief conductor

2:57, 25th November 2016

Alexander Vedernikov will become the next chief conductor of the Royal Danish Opera.

He will become chief conductor designate with the 2017/18 season, during which he will conduct La Fanciulla Del West and a symphonic concert, assuming the role of chief conductor for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, conducting two productions and two concerts each season.

He has recently conducted the company’s productions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Lohengrin.

Artistic director Sven Müller praised Vedernikov’s ‘secure musicality and his craftsmanship as a conductor’, adding: ‘His inspiring, untiring and always solution-finding means of working is exactly what it takes to make big opera productions come together.

‘The evenings conducted by him were special and I believe Alexander will stand for high musical quality at the Royal Danish Opera.’

Vedernikov has also conducted productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Bastille Opera, Finnish National Opera, Zurich Opera, Frankfurt Opera and Royal Stockholm Opera. Upcoming projects include engagements with Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland.

He is currently chief conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra, with whom he working on a three-year project to perform Wagner’s Ring in concert. Previous roles include music director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre (2001-2009).


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