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Opera North's new Music Director: Aleksandar Marković


General Director, Richard Mantle, has today announced that Aleksandar Marković is confirmed as the Company’s new Music Director, a role he will take up from Autumn 2016.

The 40-year-old Serbian conductor recently made a dynamic mainstage debut, conducting Janáček’s Jenůfa (2015) in performances praised for their punchy and idiomatically Czech style. In recent seasons he has also led the Orchestra of Opera North in symphonic concert programmes, including works by Wagner and Strauss.

Based in Vienna for much of his career to date, Aleksandar Marković was Music Director and Principal Conductor at the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra from 2009 to 2015. He previously held the post of Chief Conductor at the Tyrolean Opera House in Innsbruck (Tiroler Landestheater) from 2005-08, conducting productions of Salome, Der fliegende Hollander, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Le nozze di Figaro, Nabucco and Norma, among many others.

He takes over as Music Director from Richard Farnes, whose 12-year tenure at the artistic helm of the Company concludes with a tour of six complete cycles of Wagner’s Ring this summer.

Aleksandar Marković will launch the 2016/17 Opera North season in September by conducting performances of Strauss’ comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, in a revival of David McVicar’s now classic production. 

Aleksandar Marković comments:

“I can honestly say that when I first worked with Opera North it felt like love at first sight, and ever since my admiration and affection for the company has continued to grow and grow.

“For me Opera North’s trademarks include the highest standards in performance, exceptional creative focus in rehearsals, and a unique, warm, and supportive working atmosphere.  The motivated and talented orchestra, soloists and chorus reach for the stars every single time they perform, bringing enormous pleasure to their appreciative audiences.

“Opera North is exactly where I want to be right now and I am very excited by the prospect of working with them much more closely. This a brilliant new chapter in my life and a bright challenge to which I commit myself fully.”

Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North, comments:

“Aleksandar joins Opera North at a crucial moment in the life of the Company, as we conclude our journey through Wagner’s Ring this summer with our outgoing Music Director Richard Farnes, and look ahead to new beginnings through Aleksandar’s musical leadership.

“Opera North is unique amongst UK companies in that our wonderful orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, sustains a significant symphonic programme alongside the opera season and we are delighted that Aleksandar becomes its Principal Conductor. Having already delivered performances of great vivacity and depth of expression, both in the opera house and on the concert platform, I believe he will bring his flair, energy and musicality to the Company and, as a colleague, will play a crucial part as Opera North forges into the future.”

Janis Kelly (Marschallin) and Deanne Meek (Octavian) in Opera North's 2002 production of Der Rosenkavalier. Further details of new productions joining Der Rosenkavalier in Opera North’s 2016/17 season will be announced in May, along with information regarding ticket sales dates for the new season.

Listen to Aleksandar Marković conducting rehearsals of Jenůfa at Opera North in 2015, with the Orchestra of Opera North, Ylva Kihlberg (Jenůfa) and David Butt Philip (Laca):

Photography credit: Vladimir Miloradovic

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Comment from David


David said ago

Congratulations! We have worked with Aleksandar in Brno and it was a very happy and creative collaboration. It is a great choice and I wish you a fruitful and long lasting partnership. You get a very gifted and charismatic music director and he gets a wonderful company. All the best! David Marecek

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