This morning the Opéra national de Lorraine announced the appointment of Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska as its next Music Director. The three-year appointment commences from the 2021/22 season and will see Marta conduct at least ten weeks in Nancy, including symphonic concerts.
Marta made her debut with the Opéra in September 2020, conducting a production of Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgörge. Commenting on the announcement, she said:
“I am thrilled to start an artistic journey together with the whole team of the Opéra national de Lorraine. Our relationship started in the toughest of times – putting together an originally huge, forgotten post-romantic opera during a pandemic was a real challenge. We pulled through and had a great result thanks to joint commitment and effort and this gives me the best of hopes for the future. It fills me with pride that I will get to shape the cultural life of a place that was strongly shaped by a former Polish king, Stanisław Leszczyński. I hope to give the best possible representation of Polish culture here in Nancy.”
Matthieu Dussouillez, the Opéra’s General and Artistic Director, added:
“Marta Gardolińska is part of a new generation of European artists with multi-faceted talent and luminous energy. I am delighted to share the adventure of the Opéra national de Lorraine with our new music director alongside the teams, artists and the audience.”
A former Dudamel Fellow and Associate Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony, Marta has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and Orchestre Chambre de Paris amongst others. Forthcoming highlights include dates with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Opéra national du Rhin, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and Tonkunstler Orchestra at the Musikverein.
She returns to the Opéra national de Lorraine next month for concerts with David Guerrier and Alexander Melnikov, broadcast on France Musique on 18 February.