Hannover State Opera has today announced the appointment of Stephan Zilias as General Music Director, from the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
Stephan made a hugely successful debut in Hannover earlier this season, conducting performances of Salome, before returning to conduct symphonic concerts featuring works by Henri Dutilleux, Béla Bartók and Robert Schumann at the end of last month.
“I am happy that our extensive selection process, in which many State Opera employees were involved, has resulted in a new general music director who has had a positive response from everyone in the house,” says Artistic Director Laura Berman. “I am looking forward to a partner whom I, as a conductor and musician, met with great care, sympathy for his fellow human beings and a very big heart.”
“I am deeply honoured to have been appointed General Music Director at Hannover State Opera,” says Stephan. “It is a beautiful responsibility that I look forward to undertaking. Working with the fantastic orchestra and singers of the house this season has been a great pleasure, and I look forward to developing our relationship in the years to come. Together we will face new challenges and build on our collective strengths and qualities. Most importantly, we will strive to continue the long and rich history of excellent music making in Hannover – a city which I and my family look forward very much to calling our new home.”
Stephan, who is currently in his final season as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, has previously held conducting positions at Mainz Opera, Theater Lüneburg and Bonn Opera. Recent and forthcoming engagements in Berlin have included Nabucco, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Oceane. This March, he will conduct the only, and largely unknown, opera by Danish composer Rued Langgaard; Antikrist. He will return to the house as guest conductor for four productions over the next two seasons.
In January this year, Stephan made his house debut at Oper Leipzig, conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia, and will return for one further performance at the beginning of March. In July, he will debut at the Savolinna Opera Festival in Finland, conducting Carmen. Looking further ahead, plans include house debuts conducting at the Royal Swedish Opera, the Herkulessaal der Residenz München and at the Wiener Konzerthaus.