Montreal Symphony’s Nagano to take reigns at Hamburg State Opera

Posted on: September 27, 2012

In Tuesday’s (9/25) Montreal Gazette, Arthur Kaptainis writes, “Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal music director Kent Nagano will succeed Simone Young in the pit of the Hamburg State Opera in 2015-16, the centuries-old company announced Tuesday. This job will keep the 60-year-old Californian in the opera business, and in Germany, after he leaves the Bavarian State Opera in Munich next July. It will also fill his dance card: Last month, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra of Sweden announced that Nagano would become principal guest conductor and artistic adviser in September 2013 for a three-year term. As for his contract as music director of the OSM, this has been extended through 2015-16 … Nagano’s dual title in Hamburg will be Generalmusikdirektor and Chefdirigent, principal music director and principal conductor. Despite the imposing look of those German constructions, they do not denote ultimate authority. Young, an Australian conductor, held the higher dual rank of Intendantin and Generalmusikdirektorin, general manager and principal music director. George Delnon, currently employed by Theatre Basle, has been hired as Intendant in Hamburg.”

Posted September 27, 2012