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The 2017/18 season of the Coburg General Music Director Roland Kluttig

Just a few weeks ago, he gave two national premieres in Luxembourg conducting the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg: Morton Feldman's only opera "Neither" based on 87 words by Samuel Beckett and Chaya Czernowin's most recent cello concerto (soloist: Séverine Ballon). In February 2018 he will be responsible for the British premiere of Aureliano Cattaneo's violin concerto (soloist: Irvine Arditti) as part of the London concert series "Music of today" curated by Unsuk Chin with the Philharmonia Orchestra. And as an opera conductor, Roland Kluttig will stage three short operas by Kurt Weill and Arnold Schönberg together with the renowned director David Pountney in May/June 2018 at the three venues of the French Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Colmar and Mulhouse. In addition to his undisputed operatic expertise, the Coburg general music director has long since established himself internationally as the conductor of choice for new and the latest symphonic literature. And the fact that his reputation as a “centre of power and gravitation” (concerti) in the music theater business precedes him in this country has only just been shown again in Kluttig’s nomination by the specialist magazine “Opernwelt” for Conductor of the Year 2017: thanks to his “sensitivity, accuracy and furor ... one of the strongest talents among the German general music directors” (FAZ), with which the former scholarship holder of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation knows how to raise every opera and concert evening to a special level.

Thanks to Roland Kluttig, since taking office in 2010, Coburg has matured into a stronghold of the national opera scene, which now also regularly attracts attention abroad: "Kluttig still managed to convey much of its mysterious beauty and big-hearted ardour", noted the Opera Magazine im February 2017 about Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen. The former assistant Lothar Zagrosek has also set a new highlight in the current program of the Landestheater with “Tosca” (last performance January 28, 2018): There was twelve minutes of uninterrupted applause at the premiere and then the “Bayerische Rundschau” stated: “The decisive one The guarantor of success stands at the conductor’s podium: General Music Director Roland Kluttig explores Puccini’s score dynamically, in terms of tone color and finely differentiated in the nuances of expression, and inspires the orchestra to an extremely intensive interpretation.”

The premiere of Antonín Dvořák's "Rusalka" in Coburg has been announced for April 22, 2018: "It's a piece I wanted - one of the most underrated operas, I think. Together with Tobias Heyder (production) and Lolita Hindeberg (stage), I'm working again with the team that has already proven itself on the English double evening of 2016 ('Dido and Aeneas' & 'Riders on the Sea'). In the last three performances (May 13, June 10, June 27), Betsy Horne will also perform the title role, with whom I have worked on central soprano roles for more than half a decade and who is now engaged at the big houses in Berlin and Leipzig.”

As early as January 29, 2018, Kluttig's musical direction will see the revival of Mozart's "Magic Flute" in the 2004 production by Peter Konwitschny at the Stuttgart Opera: "He was an important role model in my youth, with my father (the conductor Christian Kluttig ) realized many joint projects in the 80s and will also be present at the rehearsals again.” The music feuilleton was very enthusiastic about the (first) staging in Stuttgart at the time. The "Zeit" wrote: "For his colorful human theater, Peter Konwitschny does not shy away from the revue or the grotesque, which the composer might have enjoyed more than other interpretations from (before)recent times ... During the fire and Water test is running the last film. A curriculum vitae: birth, fuss and grave. That's how fast it goes, says Konwitschnys then again very serious humor. Man proves himself and at best does what he can. Konwitschny can do a lot.” Outstanding soloists could be won for the revival, including Lenneke Ruiten: “The role of Pamina is taken by this great Dutch soprano, who will then also be part of our Weill-Schönberg project in France,” says Kluttig .

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