Opera Australia is pleased to announce that the outstanding young Finnish maestro Pietari Inkinen is the new conductor for The Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013. Mr Inkinen will join the company for rehearsals from early September in advance of the cycle’s performances in November and December.
Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia, said, “Pietari is firstly an outstanding musician. He is an impressive conductor with terrific stick technique and he really demonstrates an innate understanding of and affinity with Wagner’s music. His passion for the piece is palpable.”
Aged just 33, Mr Inkinen is one of the most exciting conductors of his generation and has earned the respect of artists and critics alike. Mr Terracini was already in discussion with him when singers, including acclaimed New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill and the celebrated German-born Australian bass-baritone John Wegner, contacted him to recommend and praise the young conductor’s immense talent.
William Dart of The New Zealand Herald, writes in his glowing review of Inkinen’s 2012 concert production of Die Walküre with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, “Superlatives are inadequate…Pietari Inkinen sustained a sumptuous, perfectly paced orchestral flow, springing into passionate bloom for the young lovers, ushering in the Valkyries with whiplash thrills.”
Shirley Apthorp in The Financial Times, in hew review of Mr Inkinen’s acclaimed January 2013, performances Das Rheingold at Teatro Massimo in Palermo Italy adds, “This new Rheingold marks the start of one of the Wagner anniversary year’s most bold and ambitious Ring cycles...Pietari Inkinen draws warm and confident playing from the orchestra, and supports his singers well..."
As to Mr Inkinen’s youth, Mr Terracini says, “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. It’s exciting to have a young conductor of immense talent working with director Neil Armfield on this life-changing project.”
Opera Australia’s first Ring Cycle runs from 18th November – 13th December, 2013 at the State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne
For more information, please visit: opera-australia.org-au
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