The Russian-born German conductor Sergey Neller, who took second place in the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in 2016, will make his debut at the Prague National Opera conducting a new production of Rodion Shchedrin’s Lolita at the Estates Theatre – Prague’s celebrated architectural jewel where Mozart’s Don Giovanni received its first performances. The opening performance is on 03 October and will run until January 2020.

This is a rare appearance for Shchedrin’s score, which was premiered in the 1990s under the baton of Msistislav Rostropovich at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, in a revised version overseen by the composer himself with the young Russian composer Tatiana Juraszek. This production is directed by Slava Daubnerova.

In recent seasons Neller has conducted the Jacksonville Philharmonic of Florida, Szczecin Philharmonic, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Oulu Symphony and Nurnberger Symphoniker. He also participated in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s live-streamed masterclasses, led by Daniele Gatti, and returned to the Bamberger Symphoniker for a Bayerische Rundfunk studio recording of Shostakovich’s 12th symphony. He will also make his debut this autumn with the Ensemble UnitedBerlin in a portrait of composer Sofia Gubaidulina.

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