Nicholas Carter appointed Chefdirigent of Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntnersinfonieorchester

Press release – Askonas Holt is delighted to announce that Nicholas Carter has been appointed as the new Chefdirigent of Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntnersinfonieorchester, a position which he will take up in September 2018 for an initial three-year term. Of his three productions each season, at least two will be new and in addition, he will conduct regularly in their concert season. Full details of his first season will be announced in Spring 2018.

He moved from his native Australia to Hamburg in 2011, where he served as Kapellmeister to Simone Young at the Staatsoper Hamburg for a number of seasons, then moved to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he served Donald Runnicles in the same capacity for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and where he now guest conducts each season.

Nicholas comments: “Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is a place that breathes music. Mahler, Brahms and Berg were all drawn to this magical part of the world and I and my family anticipate with great pleasure making our home there. Already, I have shared wonderful evenings of music-making with the musicians of the Staatstheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntnersinfonieorchester and am delighted and honoured to have been invited to become their next Chefdirigent.”

Florian Scholz, Intendant of Stadttheater Klagenfurt, commented: “We are most delighted to have appointed Nicholas Carter for our opera and orchestra. He combines at the same time youthful expressivity with great depth and sensibility. He won the hearts of our musicians by storm!”

Extension of Nicholas’ contract with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

This announcement coincides with the extension of his contract in Australia where he will now remain Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra until at least the end of calendar year 2018.

Nicholas comments: “I’m delighted to continue this most special relationship with the Adelaide Symphony. As we continue to explore more of the repertoire together, I feel the relationship deepening and becoming ever more fulfilling. Having worked with the orchestra for many years now, I feel so at home there and look forward to continuing to discover, develop and grow, both as an individual and as an organization. It’s the greatest privilege to lead such a tremendous orchestra and I relish the prospect of continuing this wonderful musical journey.”

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello commented:

“In 2016, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) announced a new artistic leadership model for the orchestra, with Nicholas Carter at the helm as Principal Conductor – the first Australian to hold such a post for some 30 years. Today, I am delighted to announce the extension of Nicholas’s contract with the ASO for the 2018 season.

“Nicholas’s tenure marks a period of renewal and regeneration for the ASO, and that it is no surprise that his increasing profile in Europe and the United States should be reflected in the wonderful news of his appointment as Generalmusikdirektor of Stadttheater Klagenfurt.”

“Rarely has the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra been led by a conductor of such strong personality as Nicholas Carter. The 30-year-old from Melbourne is only just settling into the saddle as its newly appointed conductor, but already he has placed his stamp on the orchestra like a smoking hot branding iron.” Graham Strahle/The Australian (MS1/Iconic Beethoven)

“Carter’s performance felt seized by the moment and unstoppable, with no time for niceties. A bigpicture man, there is no pedantry about his conducting.” Graham Strahle/The Australian (MS1/Iconic Beethoven)

Nicholas Carter’s guest conducting career continues to develop in Australia, Europe and North America. Recent highlights include debuts with BBC Scottish Symphony, MDR Leipzig, Orchestre National de Lille, Oregon Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and returns to Sydney, Melbourne and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. Forthcoming guest conducting includes USA and Canada, returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin and his debut next month at Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf), where he conducts their new production of Don Pasquale, directed by Rolando Villazon.

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