The Highly Prised Inauguration of a New Era

Christian Thielemann recently took up the baton as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. The highly praised inaugural concert in Dresden was followed by an equally acclaimed tour through Germany and Austria. Furthermore, Christian Thielemann was named Conductor of the year by the German magazine Opernwelt.

Audience and media alike were fulsome in their praise of Christian Thielemann’s and the Staatskapelle Dresden’s new artistic partnership, which began in September 2012 with their inaugural concert at the Semperoper. Their first joint season marks the beginning of an intense collaboration between conductor and orchestra, who will to form the artistic backbone of the Salzburg Easter Festival, starting in 2013.

Several news agencies and papers reported Thielemann’s “triumph” at the inaugural concert, calling him a “magician of the podium” (German press agency dpa). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that his “capability of shaping the sound” was “admirable”. Frankfurter Rundschau described the orchestra as playing at a level which only few other orchestras could achieve. Austrian Press Agency (APA) wrote that Thielemann “brings the sound qualities of the orchestra into full bloom”.

Every year the German opera magazine Opernwelt asks 50 music critics to vote for the best opera house, singer, performance, newcomer, choir etc. of the last season. For the 2011/12 season the jury awarded Christian Thielemann the title “Conductor of the year” for his outstanding conducting of Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Salzburg Festival 2011, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. 
We congratulate our artistic director!

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