20 April 2024
Entertainment Music

Met Opera Faucets German Conductor as Subsequent Refrain Grasp

The refrain grasp on the Metropolitan Opera has one of many firm’s most demanding jobs. There are singers to corral, notes to right and centuries-old scores to pore over.

Donald Palumbo, who introduced the refrain to new heights throughout his 17-year tenure as refrain grasp, announced final fall that he would step down in June. And on Wednesday, the Met introduced his successor: the German conductor Tilman Michael, who has served as refrain grasp of the Frankfurt Opera for the previous decade.

Michael, 49, who will be a part of the corporate in the beginning of the 2024-25 season, mentioned in an interview that he was looking forward to a “new and thrilling” problem, describing the Met as “some of the vital opera homes on the planet.”

“Choral singing and choral conducting is my life — it’s what I’ve completed since I used to be a baby,” he mentioned. “I’ve beloved this work from the very first day.”

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s music director, who chosen Michael, mentioned in a press release that he was a “longtime collaborator and good friend whose work I deeply respect.”

“I welcome him wholeheartedly to the Met household,” he mentioned. “He has an innate understanding of the complexity of the voice and attracts out the very best within the choruses he works with.”

Below Palumbo, 75, the Met refrain, with 74 common members and 85 extras, has develop into an equal associate with the corporate’s world-class orchestra.

Michael, who has additionally led the refrain on the Nationwide Theater in Mannheim, Germany, and served as an assistant refrain grasp on the Bayreuth Competition and the Hamburg State Opera, mentioned he hoped to construct on Palumbo’s legacy. He mentioned he felt a particular connection to the choristers when he traveled to New York in February to satisfy them and check out some repertoire. They labored collectively on Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” Puccini’s “La Rondine” and Kevin Places and Greg Pierce’s “The Hours.”

“The Met Opera refrain is a unbelievable refrain,” he mentioned. “However I believe we are able to in fact daily enhance and seek for new colours and seek for new skills.”

Michael mentioned he was wanting ahead to a manufacturing of Richard Strauss’s fairy-tale opera “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” subsequent season, in addition to to new operas by John Adams, Jeanine Tesori and different composers.

“When choral music is completed properly, it’s magic,” he mentioned. “It’s nearly listening to one another and creating a novel sound collectively — to really feel this power out of your physique, out of your ears, in your coronary heart.”