Melbourne Symphony names Davis chief conductor

Posted on: May 18, 2012

In Friday’s (5/18) The Age (Australia), Robin Usher writes, “One of the world’s greatest conductors, Sir Andrew Davis, is poised to take over as chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony, which has been without a musical leader for three years. The British-born musician, 68, has conducted some of the world’s major orchestras—including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and Holland’s Royal Concertgebouw—and has a huge discography. He is principal conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having been one of the longest-serving chief conductors of the BBC Symphony Orchestra where he conducted 10 last-night-of the-Proms gala concerts. … Victorian Opera’s music director, Richard Gill, said it would be ‘a coup for Melbourne.’ … The appointment will fill the vacuum caused by the early departure of Oleg Caetani, which led to debate about whether a permanent conductor was in the best interest of the audience and orchestra. … [Davis] will be in Melbourne next month for his third engagement with the MSO, conducting the American soprano Deborah Voigt in a program of Wagner and Richard Strauss when the official announcement is likely to be made.”

Posted May 18, 2012