Kirill Petrenko will be the new General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera

The conductor will assume the position on September 1, 2013 for an initial period of five years as successor to Kent Nagano, who will not be extending his contract beyond 2013. Opera Director Nikolaus Bachler: “The acquisition of Krill Petronko’s services for the bost of General Music Director at the Bavarian State Opera sets a sign toward the future.”

Arts Minister Wolfgang Heubisch and Nikolaus Bachler, the General Director of the Bavarian State Opera presented the new General Music Director of the opera company. Kirill Petrenko will succeed Kent Nagano in this position on September 1, 2013, for an initial period of five years.

Born in 1972 in the Russian city of Omsk, Petrenko served from 1999 to 2002 as Germany’s youngest general music director in Meiningen, and after that spent five years as General Music Director at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Since July of 2007, Petrenko has been working as a free-lance conductor, leading performances, among other places, at New York's Metropolitan Opera, London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. At the Bavarian State Opera, Petrenko most recently joined forces with director Barbara Frey for the new production of Janáček’s Jenůfa (2008/2009 season).

Minister Heubisch described Kirill Petrenko as “one of the most eagerly sought-after conductors world-wide. Petrenko brings with him all the prerequisites. He is a creative and highly precise maestro with a wide ranging repertoire and international experience.” Opera General Director Bachler is convinced that with Petrenko he has found the ideal person for the top musical post in the house. “The appointment of Kirill Petrenko sets a sign towards the future. With his creativity and personality he will provide new impulses.”

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Kirill Petrenko. © Wilfried Hösl