Maestro move: National opera names Dutch treat

The next chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera will be Lorenzo Viotti, 29.

He will succeed Marc Albrecht in 2021.

Son of the late Marcello Viotti, who conducted the Netherlands Phil from 1996 to 1999, Lorenzo came to the fore in the Salzburg-Nestle competition and has been quietly amassing experience around Europe.

He recently conducted Rigoletto (Stuttgart and Semperoper Dresden), Werther (Frankfurt and Opernhaus Zürich), Tosca (Frankfurt and Tokyo), and Carmen (Hamburg and Opéra National de Paris). He is due to conduct Carmen at the Met.

photo: Desiré van den Berg


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      • The press release does not say “next season” but:

        “Among his future projects, we should mention Manon Lescaut (Oper Frankfurt), Carmen (Metropolitan Opera), Madama Butterfly (Semperoper Dresden), La Bohème and Faust (Opéra National de Paris), Roméo et Juliette and Thaïs (Teatro alla Scala).”

        Carmen in The Met may be in 2020-2021.

  • He was by far the weakest competitor in Salzburg, and his laureate concert on the following year was poor (a very boring Beethoven violin concerto, and a bland Schumann 3). The reviews of his current parisian Carmen aren’t that good.
    A pretty boy with excellent connections, nothing more.

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