2 August 2017

Philippe Jordan, Music Director of Paris Opera, Named as Vienna State Opera's Next Music Director

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CONDUCTOR PHILIPPE JORDAN, 42, currently music director of the Paris Opera, has been named as the next music director of the Vienna State Opera.

Jordan’s appointment, effective with the company’s 2020-2021 season, was announced today by Bogdan Roščić, who in 2020 will succeed the State Opera’s current general director, Dominique Meyer. As the Vienna State Opera’s next music director, Jordan will step into a role with no immediate predecessor, with the post having been vacant since Franz Welser-Möst's abrupt resignation in 2014. Presenting nearly 350 performances of more than sixty operas and ballets each season, and with an annual operating budget of more than 100 million euros, the State Opera is one of world’s busiest and most prestigious opera houses, and its music director is one of the highest profile positions in opera. 

Jordan, also chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony orchestra since 2014, maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor at the many of the important international opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, London’s Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence, and the Glyndebourne Festival. Jordan is currently in Bayreuth leading performances of the festival’s new production of Meistersinger.

“For every musician dedicated to the theatre, the Vienna State Opera with its incomparable tradition and above all its unique orchestra is one of the most exciting tasks and challenges that the opera world can offer,” Jordan said in a statement issued today by the company. “After many  intensive discussions, it was the ambitious program and personality of Bogdan Roščić that ultimately made me focus on the tremendous opportunity and accept the post with the greatest pleasure. I won’t wait until the 2020-21 season to make this job the focus of my work. From today and in close cooperation with the director designate I will work towards preparing the future of the theatre.”

Born in Zurich, Jordan began his career as the Stadttheater Ulm’s First Kapellmeister and later became a répétiteur and assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera. The son of eminent Swiss conductor Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan held the post of chief conductor at Graz Opera from 2001 through 2004, and he served as a principal guest conductor at the Berlin State Opera from 2006 until 2010. During the 2001-02 season, Jordan made his U.S. debut leading performances of Samson et Dalila at Houston Grand Opera, and went on to make his U.K. debut pacing Carmen at Glyndebourne athe same year. He was appointed to the post of music director at the Paris Opera in 2009. His contract at that house was most recently extended through 2021. 

“I’m delighted that Philippe Jordan has decided to join me in shaping the Vienna State Opera's future,” Roščić said. “The highest musical quality is expected from the State Opera as perhaps from no other house. The complete commitment of a musical director is important for securing this quality in the everyday reality of a major repertoire theatre. Philippe Jordan is one of few top conductors today who have focused their attention on opera from the beginning of their artistic career and have deliberately taken the classic route of the Kapellmeister. This makes him part of a tradition embodied by the most significant musicians who have shaped this opera house in the past. The knowledge and experience this background gives him will be of great value to the State Opera.” spacer 

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