Royal Opera Home appoints Jakub Hrůša as Music Director
The Royal Opera Home immediately broadcasts the appointment of Jakub Hrůša as Music Director of The Royal Opera. Hrůša will assume the place of Music Director Designate with fast impact and can start his tenure as Music Director in September 2025.
Hrůša has beforehand carried out Carmen (2018) and Lohengrin (2022) for the Royal Opera Home, to nice important acclaim. Future productions that he’ll lead as Music Director embody works by Puccini, Prokofiev, Britten and Janáček. Within the 2027/28 Season Hrůša can be reunited with Barrie Kosky as he conducts a brand new full cycle of Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen – the Royal Opera Home’s first full Ring cycle for the reason that sell-out run in 2018. The person operas within the new Ring cycle will start with Das Rheingold in September 2023, and on their premiere, every can be carried out by Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano.
Hrůša presently serves as Chief Conductor of Bamberg Symphony, a place he has held since 2016, and he’s additionally Principal Visitor Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and Principal Visitor Conductor of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Hrůša has in recent times been in excessive demand as a guest-conductor, showing frequently with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and, within the US, with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor of opera, he has led productions for the Salzburg Pageant, Vienna State Opera, Opéra Nationwide de Paris, Zurich Opera, Frankfurt Opera and Glyndebourne Pageant amongst others, together with performances of Vanessa, The Crafty Little Vixen, A Midsummer Evening’s Dream, Carmen, Katya Kabanova, La bohème, The Flip of the Screw, The Makropulos Case, Don Giovanni, Rusalka, and Il trittico. He additionally served as Music Director of the Glyndebourne Tour from 2010 to 2012.
Jakub Hrůša stated: ‘I’ve been privileged to work on two fantastic Royal Opera Home productions as a guest-conductor, and the current Lohengrin was one of many highlights of my inventive life so far. I’ve all the time dreamt a couple of long-term relationship with a home the place one can attain the best requirements in opera, and I realised in a short time that I adored the entire crew of artists and employees at Covent Backyard. I’m thrilled to simply accept the place of Music Director, and I really feel immensely excited in regards to the future collaboration. London isn’t just a spot I’ve liked residing and dealing however will now be treasured to me as my true inventive dwelling within the subject of opera. I really feel blessed that I can dedicate my abilities and energies to the way forward for this extraordinary opera home.’
Oliver Mears, Director of The Royal Opera, stated: ‘Jakub has confirmed himself to be considered one of immediately’s most fun conductors in each the symphonic and operatic repertoire. We now have been massively impressed by not solely his superlative music and theatre-making, but in addition by the generosity and heat of his character: Jakub is a real collaborator, capable of get the easiest from his colleagues. As a musician of excessive mind, thoughtfulness, and a deep conviction within the energy of music to vary us, he’s the right match for Covent Backyard.’
Hrůša will succeed Antonio Pappano who steps down from his publish on the finish of the 2023/24 Season, after 22 years. Hrůša will change into The Royal Opera’s seventh Music Director following on from Karl Rankl, Rafael Kubelík, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Colin Davis, and Bernard Haitink. Pappano, the Royal Opera’s longest serving Music Director, will change into Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) from September 2024.
Within the 2024/25 Season, Hrůša and Pappano will share Home obligations, and each will seem as particular visitor conductors throughout the ROH Season. They are going to be joined by plenty of celebrated new and returning conductors, the complete roster of which can be introduced in spring 2024.
Alex Beard, Chief Government of the Royal Opera Home, stated: ‘We’re completely delighted to announce Jakub Hrůša as successor to Tony Pappano as our Music Director. Jakub brings his personal qualities as an distinctive musician and pure chief to construct on Tony’s achievements with The Royal Opera crew, inspiring rising audiences on this nation and internationally with this extraordinary and transformational artwork kind.‘
The appointment was made following an intensive worldwide search. The method was led by Sir Simon Robey, Roger Wright CBE, Sir Lloyd Dorfman CVO CBE, Janis Susskind OBE, Alex Beard CBE, and Oliver Mears – their unanimous advice being authorized by the Royal Opera Home’s Board of Trustees following in depth session with members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera Home and Royal Opera Refrain.
Margaret Campbell, Chair of the Orchestra Committee and Part Principal Flute with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera Home stated: ‘The Orchestra of the Royal Opera Home are thrilled to welcome Jakub as Music Director Designate. His distinctive expertise and heartfelt conducting make him an absolute pleasure to work with. The Orchestra loved each minute of Lohengrin, which was in no small half on account of Jakub’s deep perception and collegial strategy.’
The place of Music Director of The Royal Opera is generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE.