Maestro move: Graz snaps up Petrenko’s understudy

Maestro move: Graz snaps up Petrenko’s understudy


norman lebrecht

February 02, 2017

Graz Opera has just named Oksana Lyniv as its next music director, replacing Dirk Kaftan, who is going to Bonn.

Originating from Lviv in the Ukraine, Oksana Lyniv has been music assistant to Kirill Petrenko at Bavarian State Opera for the past three years. She conducted several productions in Munich and she will make her Barcelona debut at the Liceu in April with Flying Dutchman.

She is the first woman ever to raise a baton in ultra-conservative Graz.


  • Tecwyn Evans says:

    The first woman as MD for sure but not the first woman to conduct at the opera house in Graz.

  • Gerhard von der Linde says:

    Mr Lebrecht,

    are the Berliner Philharmoniker now losing some prestige? After the wish conductor of the brass and wood is choosing the Gewandhaus, now is a Konzertmeister is moving to Leipzig. Is this prehaps a sign of the time?

    With friendly greetings