Finnegan Downie Dear to make his debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra

British conductor Finnegan Downie Dear will make his first appearance with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Alexandra Palace Theatre tomorrow afternoon. The programme – which forms part of the BBC’s weekend-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death “The Ultimate Romantic” – explores Berlioz’s influence on many of the Romantic Greats including Wagner, Liszt & Paganini. The performance will be recorded by BBC Radio 3, and broadcast on Sunday 17 February at 1pm.

Other programmes in the series include live broadcasts of the composer’s last opera Béatrice et Bénédict conducted by Ludovic Morlot, with Toby Spence and Duncan Rock, and of L’enfance du Christ with Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples.

Tomorrow’s concert is not Finnegan’s first debut this season. In October 2018 he travelled to Seoul to conduct a new production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at Korea National Opera, and in December he joined Deutsche Oper am Rhein, also for Hänsel und Gretel. Continuing this exciting season of debuts, he ventures to Dublin to conduct the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra this summer and next season debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Underground. Further engagements this season include a return to Polish National Opera to conduct the award-winning production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt following its success last season.

Finnegan continues as Music Director of the award-winning company Shadwell Opera.

Find more information regarding tomorrow’s concert here.

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