20 February 2013
James Conlon Extends Contract as LA Opera Music Director Through 2018
Conductor James Conlon has extended his contract as music director of LA Opera through the end of the 2017-18 season, Plácido Domingo, the company's general director, announced today.
Since being appointed LA Opera's music director at the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Conlon has conducted 190 mainstage performances of thirty-three different operas, including eighteen company premieres and two U.S. premieres. In 2010, Conlon led LA Opera's first complete presentations of Wagner's Ring cycles, and he will spearhead the company's Britten centennial during the current season. He is also the creator of LA Opera's Recovered Voices series, which presents performances of operas written by World War II-era composers suppressed by the Nazis.
"James has had an incredible impact on the artistic quality of LA Opera performances," Domingo is quoted as saying in a press release issued today by the company. "Since his arrival, he has conducted more than half of our mainstage performances, inspiring performers and audiences alike through his extraordinary talents. His vision for the company’s future, like mine, is one of great ambition and optimism. We have so many exciting plans for LA Opera’s seasons to come, and I am greatly looking forward to continuing our work together."
"I am extremely pleased that I will be able to continue on as music director of LA Opera through the 2017-2018 season,” Conlon said. "I am very proud of the company's artistic accomplishments and of its devotion to maintaining uncompromising artistic standards. On a personal level, I enjoy working and living in Los Angeles on a daily basis in a way I could not have imagined prior to 2006. I am grateful to Plácido Domingo and to board chairman Marc Stern for the confidence they have shown in me, to Christopher Koelsch for his exceptional collaboration, and most of all, to the musicians of the orchestra, chorus and music staff for making every intense day so satisfying. Six wonderful years have passed in a flash, and I am so happy to know that five more lie ahead."
More information can be found at Los Angles Opera.
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