This week James Gaffigan makes his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, stepping in at the last minute to replace Franz Welser-Möst for three concerts; two at the Herkulessaal in Munich (25 & 26 October), and one at Cologne Philharmonie (27 October). The programme includes one of James’ favourite symphonies, Prokofiev No. 3, and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Igor Levit.
The concert on 26 October will be broadcast live on BR-KLASSIK. Find out more about the performances on the orchestra’s website.
James travels to Munich after opening the season with his orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, with a concert in Lucerne and a sold-out performance at the Philharmonie in Paris. Later this month he returns to New York for further performances of La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera where his debut has been met with widespread critical acclaim:
“Making his house debut, James Gaffigan led an energetic performance, scrupulously attentive to the singers and not averse to taking risks with the tempo or teasing a little extra juice out of a phrase.”
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times, 26 September 2018
In conversation with Edward Gardner, James spoke about his Met debut, and the classical music scene in the US in general, in an interview with The Green Room. Read the full article here.