James Conlon

James Conlon

Seit seinem Debüt 1974 bei den New Yorker Philharmonikern hat James Conlon nahezu alle großen europäischen und amerikanischen Symphonieorchester dirigiert und sich mit langjähriger Konzerttätigkeit sowie einer umfassenden, preisgekrönten Diskografie international den Ruf eines der bedeutendsten Dirigenten erworben.

Von 1983 bis 1991 war er Musikdirektor des Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, von 1989 bis 2002 Generalmusikdirektor der Stadt Köln, von 1995 bis 2004 Chefdirigent der Pariser Oper. Daruber hinaus war James Conlon von 1979 bis 2016 Musikdirektor des Cincinnati May Festivals, Amerikas ältestem Chorfestival. Außerdem war er von 2005 bis 2015 Musikdirektor des Ravinia Festivals (Sommerresidenz des Chicago Symphony Orchesters). Seit 2006 ist er Musikdirektor der Los Angeles Opera und seit 2016 ist er Chefdirigent des Rai Sinfonie Orchesters Turin.

1976 debutierte James Conlon an der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera, an der er bisher rund 300 Vorstellungen leitete. Weitere Auftritte absolvierte der Dirigent als Gast unter anderem an der Wiener Staatsoper, der Mailänder Scala, am Mariinskij Theater in St. Petersburg, am Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, an der Lyric Opera in Chicago, dem Maggio Musicale Fiorentino und der Oper in Rom.

Die Französische Republik ernannte ihn zum Commandeur des Arts et des Lettre (Orden für Kunst und Kultur). 2002 verlieh ihm der französische Präsident Jacques Chirac den höchsten französischen Verdienstorden, den Legion d'Honneur, und im Mai 2018 wurde er vom italienischen Präsidenten zum Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana ernannt.


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Advents-Verlosung: Das 2. Fensterchen

In today's Advent calendar window, we are giving away 3 DVDs of "Der Schatzgräber" - an opera in a prelude, four acts and a postlude by Franz Schreker. If you would like to win one of the three DVDs, please send an e-mail today with the subject "The 2nd window" to advent@deutscheoperberlin.de.

DER SCHATZGRÄBER (THE TREASURE HUNTER) by Franz Schreker was a triumph at its world premiere in Frankfurt in 1920 and went on to play 44 times at assorted venues over the next five years. It then fell victim to a shifting zeitgeist and slipped from opera-house programmes, with a National Socialist ban on performances sealing its demise. Even after 1945 the Schreker revival was a long time coming – and THE TREASURE HUNTER has not featured prominently in the renaissance.

As with the vast majority of Schreker’s libretti, the story of Els and Elis explores the relationship between fantasy and reality, between art and life. Soulmates in the sense that they are both at the mercy of the king’s disposition, Els and Elis set off in search of different treasures. Elis, the minstrel, uses his magic lute to locate a stash of jewels and do humanity a good turn. Els, an innkeeper’s daughter who has grown up motherless in a tough, male-chauvinist world, becomes a liar, cheat and murderess in pursuit of her goal, tasking her suitors to steal the queen’s jewels and then having them killed once they have returned with the haul of treasure. Yet even with the gold in their possession, the pair are not content, and so, true to form, Schreker turns his attention to the theme of yearning per se, which is the actual “treasure” that the composer is interested in, “a dream of happiness and redemption”. Elis and Els are caught up in a swirl of dreams, memories, premonitions, songs and music. Their stories take on a dreamlike quality in a world beset by greed, murder and emotional inconstancy. For Franz Schreker the path to redemption could only be via art. Composed during the turmoil of the First World War, the TREASURE HUNTER score amounts to Schreker’s personal confession of artistic faith, executed in florid strokes of late-Romantic musical colour.

Conductor Marc Albrecht; Staging Christof Loy; Set design Johannes Leiacker; Costume design Barbara Drosihn; With Tuomas Pursio, Doke Pauwels, Clemens Bieber, Michael Adams, Joel Allison, Michael Laurenz, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Seth Carico, Daniel Johansson, Gideon Poppe, Stephen Bronk, Elisabet Strid, Patrick Cook, Tyler Zimmerman a. o.; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Closing date: 2 December 2023, the winners will be informed by email on 4 December 2023. The DVDs will then be sent by post. Legal recourse is excluded.