Conducter replacement in Iolanta & Francesca da Rimini
Kirill Petrenko regretfully had to drop out of the conducting engagements for the next premiere of Iolanta/Francesca da Rimini at Theater an der Wien because of health problems concerning acute dorsalgia.
Within a short time the Theater an der Wien could win the director of music of the Bolshoi-Theatre Moscow, Vassily Sinaisky to replace his colleague and to conduct this two rare operas he is very familiar with.
Vassily Sinaisky’s international career started when he won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Karajan Competition in Berlin and began to work with Kirill Kondrashin at the Moscow Philharmonic and with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatoire. Soon after that he became Chief Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (1976 - 1987) and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic. In 2010 he was announced as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, this season he reopened the Bolshoi’s main stage. Other highlights there will include a new production for the first time ever of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi. As a guest conductor he has worked for example with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Actually he works for instance with the London Philharmonic, with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Russian National Orchestra.
Sinaisky additionally holds the positions of Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic and Honorary Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. With the BBC Philharmonic he performed for example at the Shostakovich and his Heroes festival in 2006, all over Europe and China and at the BBC Proms. With the Malmö Symphony he has performed in the UK and at Concertgebouw, was Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Music Director of the Russian State Orchestra. Sinaisky has a distinguished pedigree as an operatic conductor. In addition to his projects at the Bolshoi Theatre, Sinaisky recently conducted Boris Godunov in San Francisco, Carmen and Der Rosenkavalier in London and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Komische Oper Berlin.
Vassily Sinaisky’s wide-ranged discography reaches from the symphonies of Franz Schmidt to Szymanowski. He teaches conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire.
Premiere: 19 January, 2012
Iolanta, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final opera, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Francesca da Rimini are two love stories that differ not only on account of the endings.
Under the musical direction of Vassily Sinaisky
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Chorus: Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Iolanta: Olga Mykytenko
Paolo & Godefroy de Vaudémont : Saimir Pirgu
Director: Stephen Lawless
Premiere: 19 January 2012, 7 p.m.
performances: 21, 24, 27, 29 & 31 January 2012, 7 p.m