Maestro move: Croats pick Finn

Maestro move: Croats pick Finn


norman lebrecht

December 30, 2019

Kalle Kuusava, 36, has been named music director and artistic director of opera at the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka.

Rijeka will be European Capital of Culture in 2020.

Kuusava, a stand-out student of Jukka-Pekka Saraste, has worked in Wales, Norway, Iceland and at the Mariinsky.


  • Anton says:

    A stellar conductor. We still remember his Mariinsky debut in 2015! Congrats and hope to see you soon, maestro!

  • I had the Honor to work with Maestro Kuusava performing in Madame Butterfly in Finland and without any doubts he is one of the best conductors from the young generation. Congratulations on his new achievement and good luck in Rijeka the European Capital of Culture in 2020

  • Bruce says:

    OMG, do you mean to say that men still get hired as conductors?!

    He must have had sex with someone (or everyone) on the search committee…