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We’re delighted to welcome to our roster Damian Iorio, conductor, who we will be working with over the coming months.  Damian’s reputation as a formidable conductor continues to grow thanks to highly-acclaimed performances with leading orchestras and opera companies around the world including London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and Oper Bonn.

Damian has been Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 2014, and has led the orchestra to new heights, whilst successfully attracting an ever-growing audience for classical music in the region.  This season he welcomes a raft of star soloists, including Stephen Hough and Chloe Hanslip.

In June and July 2018, he will be making a much-anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, where he will conduct performances of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”.  His pedigree as a fine conductor of opera has been established after performances of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” at Opéra National de Paris and Verdi’s “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne. He conducted the Russian premiere of Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” in Moscow, which was subsequently nominated for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival.

His recent recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos was highly acclaimed, with “fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio” (The Guardian), and was awarded the prestigious “Choc” by Le Monde de la Musique.  Iorio is a champion of new music, and has worked closely with Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman.

Iorio studied in the UK and USA, and began his musical career as a violinist with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, before studying conducting in St Petersburg and embarking on a life on the podium.

You can keep up to date with Damian at his website, or on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on November 15, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, ROH announce new work by George Benjamin, and CBSO receive a £250,000 contribution for education.  27-y-o Ben Gernon has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Verona’s arena looks set to get protection from the rain at last, and 355 people have back a crowdfunded project to replace a cello destroyed in flight on United Airlines. 

The Guardian

Royal Opera to premiere new work by George Benjamin

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will stage the world premiere of a new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Benjamin’s third opera will be called Lessons in Love and Violence, and continues his very successful collaboration with the British playwright.

Rhinegold

CBSO receives £250,000 contribution to education programme

Philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have presented the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with £250,000 towards its education programme over the next five years.

BREMF announces Creative Marketing and Programming Day

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is holding a free training day on 19 February. Taking place at the Royal Academy of Music in London between 11am and 6pm, the day will be led by William Norris (OAE, Tafelmusik) and will look at creative ways to approach marketing and programming in order to reach new audiences.

Ben Gernon to become BBC Philharmonic principal guest conductor

Ben Gernon has been announced as principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He will formally take up the position in autumn 2017.  The 27-year-old British conductor has worked with the orchestra for two years, conducting interactive concerts as part of The Red Brick Sessions and core repertoire. He has already presented a BBC Philharmonic ‘Meet the Phil’ event for local school children.

The Strad

League of American Orchestras condemns Trump administration US travel ban

The organisation has issued a statement reacting to the Executive Order temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America.

The New York Times

Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award

Jamie Barton, whose sumptuous mezzo-soprano can stretch over long, lyrical lines and cascade down coloratura runs, has won the Beverly Sills Award, the Metropolitan Opera’s $50,000 annual prize for a young singer, the company announced on Tuesday.

BroadwayWorld.com

2017 Composers Now Festival to Open This February at DiMenna Center

The Composers Now Festival empowers living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices, and honors the significance of their contributions to our society. On February 1, the eighth annual festival begins with a celebratory event at the DiMenna Center.

Pizzicato

Plans For The Coverage Of Verona’s Arena Move On

The visitors of the Arena di Verona might soon be protected from rain. The city has announced the winners of a contest for the creating of a huge coverage to be built.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es ist mir egal, ob sie mich umbringen, ich höre mit der Musik niemals auf”

Ein Frauenorchester aus Afghanistan ist zu Besuch in Deutschland. Die jungen Musikerinnen machen vielen Hoffnung, in ihrer Heimat aber bekommen sie Todesdrohungen.

Spiegel Online

Ein Gebäude wie ein Kommentar

Sein Bau markierte einen Aufbruch in der Architektur: Bis heute wirkt das Pariser Centre Pompidou wie eine bissige Anmerkung zum Kunstmarkt. So politisch und mutig sollte Museumsbau immer sein.

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant der Bonner Oper Jean-Claude Riber gestorben

Der Regisseur und frühere Intendant der Oper Bonn Jean-Claude Riber ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 82 Jahren an seinem Wohnsitz in den Vogesen.

Musik Heute

Germeshausen wird Opernintendant in Dortmund

Heribert Germeshausen wird neuer Intendant der Oper Dortmund. Der Heidelberger Operndirektor soll das Amt zur Spielzeit 2018/19 antreten, teilte die Stadt Dortmund am Dienstag mit. 

Le Figaro

Hippocrate et Bacchus au château de Versailles

Une soirée de gala de la Charte de Paris contre le cancer était organisée dans les Grands Appartements royaux.

France Musique

Une étudiante reçoit le soutien des internautes suite à la destruction de son violoncelle

355 personnes se sont mobilisées sur internet pour venir en aide à une jeune étudiante dont le violoncelle a été détruit lors d’un vol sur la compagnie aérienne américaine United airlines.

Twitter

Classical Music News @ClassicalNews Pleasance Theatre Trust and SDTN announce new graduate scheme

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1875 Death of English #composer William Sterndale #Bennett #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Co.Design @FastCoDesign “It does break the mold in what’s being done in classical music.” http://buff.ly/2kowOV9

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George Benjamin. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd

(Written on February 1, 2017 )