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Big boost for Barenboim’s assistant

March 4, 2018 by norman lebrecht

8 comments.


On Friday, a young conductor called Thomas Guggeis took over a production of Salome in Berlin after Christoph von Dohnanyi fell out with the director, Hans Neuenfels.

Today, it is announced that Thomas, 24, is the new Kapellmeister in Stuttgart.

 


Comments (8)

  1. John Borstlap says:

    Taking-over a Salome is a feat of the first order, being a work over which a conductor can easily loose his head.

    1. Emeritus van Drongo says:

      If the head only gets a bit loose, that’s not a major impediment.

  2. Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Yes very impressive (assuming he did a good job by the musicians in the pit and the singers on stage).

    Congrats and look forward to hearing more from this young prodigy.

  3. Vittorio Parisi says:

    Thomas has been in my class in Milan as an Erasmus student. He was really a good one, also a wonderful pianist. Great job Thomas!

  4. RW2013 says:

    The Staatskapelle has had Salome in it’s regular repertoire for decades.
    And is going from Barenboim/Berlin to Cambreling/Stuttgart really a boost?

    1. Andreas B. says:

      at least, it definitely is a publicity boost; this jump-in makes for a great anecdote in his CV –
      having read the first reviews, it sounds like an artistic success as well.
      so congratulations are in order.

      also, becoming kapellmeister is a considerable step up.
      Stuttgart is a very fine company (and Cambreling no longer there. Cornelius Meister is the new GMD).

  5. Alexander Platt says:

    Let’s wish the kid well.

  6. Leo says:

    Well done.
    Let’s hope he doesn’t become a puppet for stage directors and intendants.


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