This weekend, David Afkham makes his debut performance at the Staatsoper Stuttgart conducting Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. In addition to a debut at Frankfurt Opera earlier this season in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, David will conduct four performances of Wagner’s acclaimed libretto based on the original story by Heinrich Heine in 1843.
David has just been announced as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España from September 2019. This position will build on the success of his tenure as Principal Conductor of the orchestra since 2014, which has featured critically acclaimed performances of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, Bruckner Symphony No. 9, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, as well as several world premieres and semi-staged projects with Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Strauss’ Elektra, Bach’s St. Mathew Passion and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle.
He made a noted opera debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2014 with Verdi’s La traviata, later reviving the production for performances around the UK and Ireland for Glyndebourne on tour. In 2017, he conducted Ginastera’s Bomarzo at Teatro Real in Madrid in a new production by Pierre Audi, to unanimous critical acclaim, and leading to an immediate re-invitation. Future opera plans include Wagner’s Parsifal, Dvorak’s Rusalka, Weinberg’s The Passenger and Strauss’ Arabella.
Born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1983, David is in high demand as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera houses, and has established a reputation as one of the most sought after conductors to emerge from Germany in recent years.
Performances of Der fliegende Holländer continue through to 3 July. For more details about the production, check the Staatsoper Stuttgart website.