Serb is named music director at Opera North

Aleksandar Marković, outgoing music director of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, has been appointed music director in Leeds, in succession to Richard Farnes.

Marković, 40, will open in September with Rosenkavalier.

He says: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 new heights 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.’




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  • Well, if his Jenufa – which was excellent – is anything to go by then there are exciting times ahead. He has a hard act to follow though: Richard Farnes must be the most under-rated conductor in the country.

  • First class appointment. I have heard him twice including the excellent Jenufa and was very impressed. The future of Opera North is in good hands.
    And we still have the wonderful Ring Cycle to come under the exceptional Richard Farnes.

  • We have worked together in Brno for 3 years before I left to lead the Czech Philharmonic. It was a very happy collaboration and I have many fond memories of our concerts and tours with Aleksandar. I think that Opera North is a wonderful match for both Aleksandar and the company. I wish them a happy collaboration and I am looking forward to see what they achieve together! All the best.

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