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6 March 2018

Munich's Bavarian State Opera Names Serge Dorny as its New Artistic Director, Vladimir Jurowski as its Next Music Director

MUNICH'S BAVARIAN STATE OPERA, one of the most critically esteemed and artistically vibrant opera houses in Europe, signaled a changing of the guard today in announcing that its next artistic director would be Opera de Lyon intendant Serge Dorny and its next music director would be London Philharmonic Orchestra principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski.  

The two men, who will begin their respective tenures in Munich beginning in 2021, will succeed Nikolaus Bachler and Kirill Petrenko, the Bavarian State Opera's current artistic director and music director. 

The appointments, which were announced today by Bavaria's art minister Ludwig Spaenle following a meeting of the German state's Council of Ministers. 

Jurowski, one of the most protean conductors before the public today, is a frequent presence with many of Europe's top opera houses and symphony orchestras. He served as music director of the Glyndebourne Festival from 2001 until 2013, and is currently in his first season as the chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. A frequent guest conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jurowski made his Metropolitan opera debut leading a performance of Rigoletto in 1999, and most recently paced performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten at the house in 2013. 

Dorny, a disciple of the late Gerard Mortier, has been a polarizing presence at the re-energized Opéra de Lyon, where he became general director in 2003. Concurrent to his artistic and critical successes with the French company, though, Dorny has drawn widespread criticism in the French press for his use of state-supplied funds on what have been deemed lavish productions as well as for what has been characterized as indiscreet personal spending. Dorny was previously slated to become general manager of Dresden's Semper Opera in 2014, but that agreement was kiboshed just months before he was to have assumed the post, reportedly owing to antagonisms between the intendant and the cultural authorities in Saxony, who provide the Semper Opera with the majority of its funding. spacer 

More information can be found at the Bavarian State Opera and the New York Times

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