Conductor

Ainars Rubikis

Music Director, Komische Oper Berlin

credit: Jānis Porietis - janisphoto.com

Introduction

Ainārs Rubiķis took up his position as Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin at the start of the 2018/19 season. Latvian-born, he came to international attention as winner of the 2010 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition when he emerged from strong competition to take the prestigious competition’s first prize: “This year, as with Gustavo Dudamel in 2004, we have found an exceptional conductor” observed Jonathan Nott, president of the Competition jury. The following year, he was recipient of the second Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and subsequently conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the Salzburger Festspiele. He served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2012 to 2014, and was awarded a prestigious Golden Mask Award as “Best Conductor” for the new production of Bernstein’s Mass.

Plans for his first Komische Oper season include Die Tote Stadt, Zauberflote, The Love for Three Oranges, Cendrillon, Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder and Der Rosenkavalier. He makes guest visits to Bamberger Symphoniker, where he conducts a concert version of Rimski-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Ulster Orchestra and returns to the Bolshoi Theatre for their new production of Rusalka. 


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Performance Schedule

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    19:00 05 May 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    MORITZ EGGERT M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Stage Design, Video and Lighting: Klaus Grünberg
    Co-Stage Design: Anne Kuhn
    Costume Design: Alice Babidge
    Dramatugy: Ulrich Lenz
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    M, The Murderer: Scott Hendricks
    Chorus: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    19:30 11 May 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    MORITZ EGGERT M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Stage Design, Video and Lighting: Klaus Grünberg
    Co-Stage Design: Anne Kuhn
    Costume Design: Alice Babidge
    Dramatugy: Ulrich Lenz
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    M, The Murderer: Scott Hendricks
    Chorus: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    15:00 19 May 2019 venue TBC, city TBC

    EDVARD GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Opus 46 (Morning, Death of Ase, Anitra’s Dance, In the Hall of the Mountain King)
    GUSTAV MAHLER Rückert-Lieder (5 songs)
    Interval
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74 ‘Pathétique’

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Orchestra: Welsh National Opera
    Mezzo Soprano: Madeleine Shaw

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    15:00 19 May 2019 venue TBC, city TBC

    EDVARD GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Opus 46 (Morning, Death of Ase, Anitra’s Dance, In the Hall of the Mountain King)
    GUSTAV MAHLER Rückert-Lieder (5 songs)
    Interval
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74 ‘Pathétique’

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Orchestra: Welsh National Opera
    Mezzo Soprano: Madeleine Shaw

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    19:30 24 May 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    MORITZ EGGERT M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Stage Design, Video and Lighting: Klaus Grünberg
    Co-Stage Design: Anne Kuhn
    Costume Design: Alice Babidge
    Dramatugy: Ulrich Lenz
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    M, The Murderer: Scott Hendricks
    Chorus: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    18:00 08 Jun 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    RICHARD STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Staging: Andreas Homoki
    Co-Director: Werner Sauer
    Stage Designer: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
    Costumes: Gideon Davey
    Dramaturgy: Antje Kaiser
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    Light: Franck Evin
    Die Feldmarschallin Furstin Werdenberg: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Der Baron Ochs Auf Lerchenau: Jens Larsen
    Octavian: Karolina Gumos
    Herr Von Faninal: Tom Erik Lie
    Sophie: Vera-lotte Böcker
    Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Mirka Wagner
    Valzacchi: Christoph Späth
    Annina: Caren Van Oijen
    Ein Polizeikommissar: Christian Tschelebiew
    Der Haushofmeister Bei Der Feldmarschallin / Der Haushofmeister Bei Faninal: Peter Renz
    Ein Notar: Hans-Martin Nau
    Ein Wirt: Adrian Strooper
    Ein Sanger: Timothy Richards
    Modistin: Georgina Melville
    Chorus: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin
    Children’s Choir: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    19:00 09 Jun 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    MORITZ EGGERT M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Stage Design, Video and Lighting: Klaus Grünberg
    Co-Stage Design: Anne Kuhn
    Costume Design: Alice Babidge
    Dramatugy: Ulrich Lenz
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    M, The Murderer: Scott Hendricks
    Chorus: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    18:00 10 Jun 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    RICHARD STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Staging: Andreas Homoki
    Co-Director: Werner Sauer
    Stage Designer: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
    Costumes: Gideon Davey
    Dramaturgy: Antje Kaiser
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    Light: Franck Evin
    Die Feldmarschallin Furstin Werdenberg: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Der Baron Ochs Auf Lerchenau: Jens Larsen
    Octavian: Karolina Gumos
    Herr Von Faninal: Tom Erik Lie
    Sophie: Vera-lotte Böcker
    Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Mirka Wagner
    Valzacchi: Christoph Späth
    Annina: Caren Van Oijen
    Ein Polizeikommissar: Christian Tschelebiew
    Der Haushofmeister Bei Der Feldmarschallin / Der Haushofmeister Bei Faninal: Peter Renz
    Ein Notar: Hans-Martin Nau
    Ein Wirt: Adrian Strooper
    Ein Sanger: Timothy Richards
    Modistin: Georgina Melville
    Chorus: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin
    Children’s Choir: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    18:00 18 Jun 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    RICHARD STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Staging: Andreas Homoki
    Co-Director: Werner Sauer
    Stage Designer: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
    Costumes: Gideon Davey
    Dramaturgy: Antje Kaiser
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    Light: Franck Evin
    Die Feldmarschallin Furstin Werdenberg: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Der Baron Ochs Auf Lerchenau: Jens Larsen
    Octavian: Karolina Gumos
    Herr Von Faninal: Tom Erik Lie
    Sophie: Vera-lotte Böcker
    Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Mirka Wagner
    Valzacchi: Christoph Späth
    Annina: Caren Van Oijen
    Ein Polizeikommissar: Christian Tschelebiew
    Der Haushofmeister Bei Der Feldmarschallin / Der Haushofmeister Bei Faninal: Peter Renz
    Ein Notar: Hans-Martin Nau
    Ein Wirt: Adrian Strooper
    Ein Sanger: Timothy Richards
    Modistin: Georgina Melville
    Chorus: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin
    Children’s Choir: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    19:30 22 Jun 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    MORITZ EGGERT M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Stage Design, Video and Lighting: Klaus Grünberg
    Co-Stage Design: Anne Kuhn
    Costume Design: Alice Babidge
    Dramatugy: Ulrich Lenz
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    M, The Murderer: Scott Hendricks
    Chorus: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    16:00 23 Jun 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    RICHARD STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Staging: Andreas Homoki
    Co-Director: Werner Sauer
    Stage Designer: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
    Costumes: Gideon Davey
    Dramaturgy: Antje Kaiser
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    Light: Franck Evin
    Die Feldmarschallin Furstin Werdenberg: Johanni Van Oostrum
    Der Baron Ochs Auf Lerchenau: Jens Larsen
    Octavian: Karolina Gumos
    Herr Von Faninal: Tom Erik Lie
    Sophie: Vera-lotte Böcker
    Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Mirka Wagner
    Valzacchi: Christoph Späth
    Annina: Caren Van Oijen
    Ein Polizeikommissar: Christian Tschelebiew
    Der Haushofmeister Bei Der Feldmarschallin / Der Haushofmeister Bei Faninal: Peter Renz
    Ein Notar: Hans-Martin Nau
    Ein Wirt: Adrian Strooper
    Ein Sanger: Timothy Richards
    Modistin: Georgina Melville
    Chorus: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin
    Children’s Choir: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

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    19:30 26 Jun 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN

    MORITZ EGGERT M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Stage Design, Video and Lighting: Klaus Grünberg
    Co-Stage Design: Anne Kuhn
    Costume Design: Alice Babidge
    Dramatugy: Ulrich Lenz
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    M, The Murderer: Scott Hendricks
    Chorus: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

Press

 
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    02 Feb 14 Bizet: Carmen Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
    New National Theatre, Tokyo

    “Ainars Rubikis conducts the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in a performance full of highly variegated tempo and emphasis, creating a brilliant soundscape for this emotive work.”
    Ayako Takahashi, The Japan Times, 03 February 2014

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    24 Oct 12 Schubert and Stravinsky Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Lighthouse, Poole

    “On the podium, making his debut with the BSO, Latvian conductor Ainars Rubikis offered ideal support with a richly harmonised introduction to Brahms’ Violin Concerto.”

    “First impressions of Rubikis would suggest his rising stardom is well founded.”

    “We would expect Schubert to be songful, but Stravinsky?

    In the hands of Rubikis that is just what we heard. Sure the acerbic sections of this 1919 version of the Firebird Suite lived up to, and beyond, the BSO’s usual incisive performance.

    But into the mix of menacing atmosphere and kaleidoscopic orchestral colour came the floating filigree of the Princesses Round Dance, a mysterious touch of ethereality in the Berceuse and dawning finale.

    A winning performance by a musical magician.”

    Mike Marsh, Bournemouth Echo, 25 October 2012

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    29 Apr 11 A Night of Baltic Music Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
    Estonia Concert Hall, Estonia

    “Rubikis is a lean, athletic type, bounding on to the stage in a black caftan-like coat and conducting with fluid and assured movements, musical nous in evidence. Vasks’ “Credo” led off the evening, Rubikis directing the Estonian National Symphony through this sublime piece of modern composition. Redolent of Wagnerian symphonic passages, “Credo” meandered beautifully, reaching a crescendo, only to fall back to a quiet and emotional coda. It is a pleasing and transcendent piece.”

    Mike Amundsen, ERR, 02 May 2011