Nov 28, 2007

New Principal Conductor in Lyon

The years of vaccum at the position (since 2003) are over as Kazuschi Ono was appointed Principal Conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon last week, starting next season, i.e in September 2008 for at least 5 years.

Currently Musical Director of Le Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, he will join General Manager Serge Dorny as part of the Belgium Connection in Lyon.

Born in 1960 in Tokyo, Kazuschi Ono studied in Germany under Giuseppe Patane and won the 1987 3rd Toscanini International Conductors' Competition.
His career includes principal conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 1999, General Music Director of the Baden State Opera, Karlsruhe from 1996 to 2002 and Musical Director of La Monnaie from August 2002.

His repertoire is almost exclusively dedicated to german, russian and contemporary operas such as Britten's Peter Grimes, Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, Toshio Hosokawa's Hanjo (that is scheduled this season in Lyon); Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel, Wagner (he conducted a complete Ring cycle at the Badisches Staatstheater of Karlsruhe), Mozart (tour in Japan in 2005 with Don Giovanni).

He made his debut in Paris in 2005 conducting The Bassarids by Henze at the Chatelet; in 2006, he appeared for the first time at La Scala with Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and at the BBC Proms in London with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The deeper I dig to have a preview of what he can bring here, the scarier it gets: Lyon is indeed turning into an opera with a repertoire absolutely dreadful to me. This time of year is definitelly not one I will want to remember...

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