Ainars Rubikis: Music Director of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Latvian conductor has accepted the position with the largest opera house in Russia

Askonas Holt is proud to announce that Ainars Rubikis has accepted the position of Music Director at Novosibirsk Opera House–the largest in Russia–from 1 January 2012 for an initial period of three years.

The Latvian conductor gained international recognition as the winner of the Third Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition with the Bamberg Symphony in 2010 and was also the recipient of the Nestle/Salzburg Young Conductors’ Award in 2011.  Rubikis will conduct symphonic programmes and a minimum of two new staged productions per season alongside repertoire performances, with exciting projects afoot for 2012, including Verdi’s Requiem, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and opera including Carmen and La bohème.

In the past two years, Rubikis has collaborated with a range of renowned ensembles in Europe and beyond, including:  Kremerata Baltica; Northern Sinfonia; Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra; Hong Kong Philharmonic; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Bamberg Symphony and Estonian National Orchestra, as well as frequent appearances at Latvian National Opera. He has appeared at Salzburg, Lockenhaus and Edinburgh Festivals; Musikverein Wien on tour with Kremeratica Baltica and recently shared the podium with Sir Neville Mariner in Britten’s War Requiem with Brussels Philharmonic at the Klara Festival.

A beaming Ainars, accepting the position in Novosibirsk today said:

 “I am thrilled to start this exciting journey in Novosibirsk–a House bursting with such warm and welcoming people, talented musicians, and where everyone’s clear objective is truly to serve the music. I look forward to many special moments in the years to come!”

Future opera collaborations include La Finta Gardinera with Bamberg Symphony and the Academy of the Bayerischer Staatsoper, Love of Three Oranges with Latvian National Opera, complemented by symphonic debuts at Oslo Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony,  Lucerne Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony as well as returns to Gulbenkian, Bamberg, Brussels and the Northern Sinfonia.

Ainars conducts the opening night of Carmen in Novosibirsk on Tuesday 20 December. Toi toi toi!

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