The Palau de Les Arts de Valence announces a new musical director


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The American conductor will conduct two opera productions and two symphony programs each season over the next four years with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, the resident orchestra of the opera.

In addition to this post, he was recently appointed Senior Guest Chef of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Opera and musical director of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, from July. He is also Pprincipal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

“We are very pleased that James Gaffigan has accepted our invitation to join Les Arts as Music Director,” said Les Arts Artistic Director Jesús Iglesias Noriega. “We first collaborated on Dutch National Opera for a production of ‘Porgy and Bess’ and appreciated his qualities which gave me the confidence to invite him to join the Palau de Les Arts team. He is one of the main conductors of his generation and will surely contribute to the development of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana. “

“It is an honor and a privilege to take on the role of Musical Director of the Palau de les Arts, Reina Sofía,” Gaffigan said in a press release. “The orchestra is truly one of the best I have worked with and has the potential to be among the greatest in the world. I say it without exaggeration.

“I look forward to preserving grand opera, exploring a more diverse repertoire, major concerts in Valencia and its region, and trying to build an ever deeper relationship with the community.

“Although the orchestra is very diverse, we should not forget the large number of incredible musicians from Spain,” he continued. “This is something all of Valenciana can celebrate and be proud of. Taking care of yourself while welcoming others to your great area. I think the Palau de les Arts is a perfect example of this state of mind. “

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