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Guaranteed success across Europe for the opera pit and new music: The 2017/18 season of Coburg’s General Music Director Roland Kluttig

Just a few weeks ago, he gave two national premières in Luxembourg with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg: Morton Feldman’s only opera, “Neither”, written to 87 words by Samuel Beckett, and Chaya Czernowin’s new cello concerto (soloist: SĂ©verine Ballon). In February, he will conduct the British première of Aureliano Cattaneo’s violin concerto (soloist: Irvine Arditti) with the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the London concert series “Music of Today”, curated by Unsuk Chin. And in May/June 2018, as an operatic conductor, Roland Kluttig, together with the celebrated director David Pountney, will bring to the stage three short operas by Kurt Weill and Arnold Schoenberg in the three performance venues of the French OpĂ©ra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Colmar and Mulhouse. Alongside his unquestioned expertise in the field of opera, the Coburg general music director has long since also established himself internationally as a much sought-after conductor for recent and even brand-new symphonic literature. And in Germany, he is preceded by a reputation as a “centre of power and gravitation” (concerti) in the field of music theatre as well, as was recently shown once more by Kluttig’s nomination as conductor of the year for 2017 by the magazine “Opernwelt”. His “sensitivity, precision and passion” make him “one of the biggest talents among German general music directors” (FAZ) and allow this former scholarship holder from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation to raise every opera and concert performance to an especially high level.

On April 22, 2018, the première of the Coburg production of Antonin Dvořák’s “Rusalka” is to be presented: “That is a favourite piece of mine – I think it is one of the most underestimated operas there is. Much earlier in the year, on 29 January 2018, the revival of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in the 2004 production by Peter Konwitschny will be launched under Kluttig’s musical direction at Oper Stuttgart.

Outside of the orchestra pit as well, the Coburg general music director is also intensely active and much in demand, as is shown not only by the above-mentioned engagements in Luxembourg and London, but also his guest appearances with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra in Suhl (3 February 2018) with the Brahms Violin Concerto (soloist: Marc Bouchkov) and the Symphony No. 4 by the same composer, and with the Munich Symphony Orchestra in two open-air concerts in Munich (7 July, Brunnenhof) and Weilburg (3 August, Schlosshof). And then there are also his symphony concerts with his in-house ensemble, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Landestheater Coburg.

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