17 Jun 2024

It was announced today by the Bavarian Council of Ministers that Vladimir Jurowski’s tenure as General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) in Munich has been extended until 31 August 2028.

Minister of Arts Markus Blume stated today at a press conference in the National Theater in Munich, “The future plan for the Bavarian State Opera is in place: we are focusing on personnel continuity and structural reforms. The successful triumvirate of the Bavarian State Opera continues to shine – State Director Serge Dorny and Ballet Director Laurent Hilaire will continue their work in Munich until 2031, Vladimir Jurowski will remain General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera until 2028 at his own request. The Bavarian State Opera is racing from success to success under this management team. I am very pleased that we are continuing our work together and leading our cultural flagship well into the future.”

Vladimir Jurowski stated: “The Bavarian State Orchestra is not only one of the oldest, but without doubt one of the best orchestras in the world. I am delighted to be able to continue working with this unique collective in the orchestra pit and on the concert stage in the coming years. It is still important to preserve tradition, to make the present a topic of conversation and thus to set the course for an artistically vibrant future for the orchestra. But I am also delighted, as General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera, one of the most successful opera houses in the world, to continue to work closely with the house’s other musical collectives, the choir, the soloist ensemble, the musical department, the stage management and all other trades. Together, as in previous years, we will bring extraordinary and remarkable productions to the stage at the National Theater in Munich.”

Jurowski’s recent highlights at the Bavarian State Opera include new productions of Cosi fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Der Rosenkavalier, Shostakovich’s The Nose, and Penderecki’s Die Teufel von Loudun, the Munich premiere of Weinberg’s Die Passagierin and revivals of Wozzeck and Elektra, as well as a wealth of concert repertoire in symphonic concerts with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, including a highly-acclaimed tour of major European venues to celebrate the orchestra’s 500th anniversary in 2023. The 24/25 season will see him leading new productions of Das Rheingold (the start of a new full cycle of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen over the coming years) and Don Giovanni, and revivals of Die Fledermaus and Der Rosenkavalier.

One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972, and studied at the the Moscow Conservatory, and at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin. Jurowski is General Music Director of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper since 2021, and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. In 2021 he stepped down from his highly-acclaimed fifteen year tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to become their Conductor Emeritus. In addition, he is Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has held the positions of Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013), Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra (2010-2020), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-2009) and Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Festival, Bucharest (2017-2021). Jurowski enjoys close relationships with the world’s most distinguished artistic institutions including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, and the Dresden, Lucerne and Grafenegg Festivals.

Photo: Simon Pauly
Inset Photo: Vladimir Jurowski and Serge Dorny; credit: picture-alliance/dpa