May 30, 2018
MARKUS STENZ 2018-2019 Season Highlights

German conductor Markus Stenz is known for his vibrant, masterful musical interpretations; the breadth of his artistry has earned him the reputation as a prized collaborator and passionate performer, especially of German orchestral music, and of operatic scores. Since his debut as an opera conductor at La Fenice in Venice, he has conducted many world premieres and first performances including Henze’s Das Verratene Meer in Berlin, Venus und Adonis at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and L’Upupa at the 2003 Salzburg Festival.  Markus Stenz has appeared at many of the world’s major opera houses and international festivals including La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, the Bregenz Festival (with the world premiere of Solaris by Detlev Glanert in July 2012) and Salzburg Festival.  

In Fall 2018, Markus Stenz makes his conducting debut at Teatro alla Scala with the highly-anticipated world premiere performance of Fin de Partie, the first opera by internationally-heralded composer György Kurtág, composed at the age of 91.  Based on the famous Samuel Beckett play, commonly performed in English as Endgame, the operatic version, to be sung in French, stars bass Frode Olsen, baritone Leigh Melrose, contralto Hilary Summers, and tenor Leonardo Cortallazzi in a production staged by Pierre Audi.

November 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 25, 2018
Teatro alla Scala
Frode Olsen
 - Hamm
Leigh Melrose – Clov
Hilary Summers - Nell
Leonardo Corallazzi – Nagg
Markus Stenz, conductor
Pierre Audi, stage director
GYÖRGY KURTÁGFin de Partie (World Premiere)

Following the world premiere in Milan, Stenz and the full cast bring the production of Fin de Partie to the Dutch National Opera in March 2019.

Stenz currently serves as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, and Conductor-in-Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, in addition to his extensive international guest conducting engagements. His previous positions have included General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister, Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, Music Director of the Montepulciano Festival, Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta – one of the most renowned ensembles for contemporary music – and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  In his North American home of Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun has said of the conductor, “Stenz exuded endless energy from the podium. Even in moments of lyrical reflection, he kept a sense of tension going, so that the music seemed capable of sprinting off again at any moment.”

Additional North American Engagements:
Jan. 19, 2019 / North Bethesda, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Jan. 20 / Baltimore, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Jan. 26 / Portland, OR / Oregon Symphony
Jan. 27 / Portland, OR / Oregon Symphony
Jan. 28 / Portland, OR / Oregon Symphony
Feb. 1 / Nashville, TN / Nashville Symphony
Feb. 2 / Nashville, TN / Nashville Symphony
Feb 8 / Baltimore, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Feb. 9 / North Bethesda, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 10 / Baltimore, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Mar. 28 / North Bethesda, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Mar. 29 / Baltimore, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Mar. 30 / Baltimore, MD / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 

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