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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    19:30 30 Jul 2019 St Davids Cathedral, SA RH

    EDVARD GRIEG Sørgemarsch over Rikard Nordråk, EG 107
    EDVARD GRIEG ‘Morning’ from Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46
    GUSTAV MAHLER Rückert-Lieder (5 songs)
    Interval
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74 ‘Pathétique’

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Mezzo-soprano: Madeleine Shaw
    Orchestra: Welsh National Opera

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    19:15 15 Aug 2019 Edinburgh Festival Theatre, EDINBURGH

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Eugene Onegin: Günter Papendell
    Tatyana: Asmik Grigorian
    Olga: Karolina Gumos
    Lensky: Oleksiy Palchykov
    Larina: Liliana Nikiteanu
    Gremin: Dimitry Ivashchenko
    Filippyevna: Margarita Nekrasova
    Triquet: Christoph Späth

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    19:15 16 Aug 2019 Edinburgh Festival Theatre, EDINBURGH

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Larina: Liliana Nikiteanu
    Gremin: Dimitry Ivashchenko
    Filippyevna: Margarita Nekrasova
    Triquet: Christoph Späth
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Stage Designer: Rebecca Ringst
    Costume Designer: Klaus Bruns
    Lighting Designer: Franck Evin
    Chorus Master: David Cavelius
    Dramaturgy: Simon Berger
    Eugene Onegin: Michael Nagy
    Tatyana: Nadja Mchantaf
    Olga: Maria Fiselier
    Lensky: Aleš Briscein

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    19:15 17 Aug 2019 Edinburgh Festival Theatre, EDINBURGH

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Barrie Kosky
    Eugene Onegin: Günter Papendell
    Tatyana: Asmik Grigorian
    Olga: Karolina Gumos
    Lensky: Oleksiy Palchykov
    Larina: Liliana Nikiteanu
    Gremin: Dimitry Ivashchenko
    Filippyevna: Margarita Nekrasova
    Triquet: Christoph Späth

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    05 May 19 M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
    Komische Oper

    “Ainārs Rubiķis controls the elements of this big band turned classical opera orchestra with confidence, turning the roar of a metropolis into an expressionistic sound painting”

    Zenaida des Aubris, Bachtrack, 07 May 2019

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    16 Jun 18 Shostakovich: The Nose
    Komische Oper Berlin

    “Rubiķis whips up his musicians to keep up with the sheer speed of the music, its richness of colour and bite, which is mirrored on stage by the ensemble and chorus. All this while having fun along the way, of course.”

    Zenaida des Aubris, Bachtrack, 17 June 2018

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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