Staatskapelle Dresden elects Daniele Gatti as future conductor

Following yesterday’s orchestra assembly, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden has instructed its orchestra council and the Saxon State Minister for Culture and Tourism, Barbara Klepsch, to enter into negotiations with Daniele Gatti for the post of future conductor of the Staatskapelle.

In February 2000, the Italian conductor Daniele Gatti made his debut at the rostrum of the Staatskapelle in Dresden with works by Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Hindemith and Brahms at the invitation of conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli. In the years that followed, the fruitful collaboration continued steadily, most recently in November 2021, Gatti conducted the orchestra as part of the “Autumn Easter Festival” in Salzburg and was celebrated by the public and the hurry. In July 2022 he will return to Dresden with Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony for the last subscription concert of the season.

Christian Thielemann’s contract as conductor of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden ends in July 2024.

The Orchestra Council of the Staatskapelle Dresden:

”With the election of Daniele Gatti as the next conductor, we can not only continue the extremely successful cooperation of recent years, but also gain one of the most renowned conductor personalities of the moment for the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. His sensitivity for the unique sound of the Staatskapelle, his captivating musical visions and finally his international reputation made him the orchestra’s favorite candidate. We are certain that with Maestro Gatti as our conductor, we will be well equipped and able to face the future with the same artistic excellence as before.”

Nora Schmid, designate artistic director of the Semperoper:

»With Daniele Gatti, the musicians of the Sächsische Staatskapelle have chosen an artist as future conductor, who, due to his enormous musical experience and his enthusiasm for a diverse repertoire, sets significant accents in opera and concerts in Dresden and on the international concert podium. I really look forward to working with him as we have had an inspiring exchange for a long time.”

Daniele Gatti studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. He is musical director of the Mozart Orchestra, artistic advisor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and principal conductor of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He was musical director of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, principal conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and previously held similar positions in major musical institutions such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra Royal Philharmonic, the Orchester National de France, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Zurich Opera. He also works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchester Filarmonica della Scala. The most important opera productions under his direction include “Falstaff” in London, Milan and Amsterdam, “Parsifal” for the opening of the Bayreuth Festival 2008 and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and a total of four operas at the Salzburg. Sony Classical has released recordings of Debussy and Stravinsky with the Orchester National de France. »Symphonie Fantastique« by Berlioz, Mahler’s Second Symphony and a DVD of »The Rite of Spring« by Stravinsky as well as »Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun« and »The Sea« by Debussy have been released under the label »RCO Live«.

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