sábado, 23 de maio de 2009

Festival de Salzburgo com novo director artístico

A edição de 2011 do Festival de Salzburgo contará com Alexander Pereira como director artístico:

«The Salzburg Festival in Austria announced that it had chosen Alexander Pereira, the Zurich Opera House’s chief, as its next artistic director. In a news release, the festival said that the decision had been made on Tuesday at a meeting of its advisory board, and that Mr. Pereira, left, would officially begin his five-year term in October 2011. He will succeed Jürgen Flimm, who will take over as artistic director of Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin next year. Mr. Flimm announced last year that he would not continue at the Salzburg Festival, for which he had been artistic director since 2006 and at which he had clashed with Thomas Oberender, the festival’s drama director. Agence France-Presse reported that other candidates to succeed Mr. Flimm included Pierre Audi of De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and Stéphane Lissner of La Scala in Milan.»

Eis o curriculum do senhor (extraído do site oficial do Festival):

Alexander Pereira, born in 1947 in Vienna, worked initially in tourism management and then for Olivetti for twelve years. In his free time, he studied vocal performance. From 1979 to 1983, he was a board member for the Frankfurt Bach Concerts; in 1984 he was appointed Secretary General of the Vienna Konzerthaus, where he managed to modernize the concert scene and attract a new and younger audience. Since the 1991/92 season, Alexander Pereira has been Director of Zurich Opera House, where he began his tenure with an acclaimed Robert Wilson production of Lohengrin. From the start, Alexander Pereira realized that the continuous development of the ensemble was his most important task. He also attached great importance to encouraging promising young singers, staging productions in accessible form and involving audiences, as well as to co-operating with great artists. The central goal of Alexander Pereira’s Zurich programming is to present the great repertoire of opera, from Mozart to Verdi, although the house has also won acclaim for its contemporary productions. Schlafes Bruder by Herbert Willi, based on the novel by Robert Schneider, was commissioned by the Opera House and premiered in 1996, and in 1998, Heinz Holliger’s opera Schneewittchen, based on a story by Robert Walser, saw its first performance. These were followed by Beat Furrer’s Invocation and HK Gruber’s opera Der Herr Nordwind in 2005. In addition, less well-known works in the repertoire are regularly included in the program, such as Rameau’s Les Boréades, Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, the operetta Simplicius by Johann Strauss, Giordano’s La cena delle beffe, Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly, Schubert’s Fierrabras, Zemlinsky’s Der Kreidekreis, Chabrier’s L’Etoile und Halévy’s Clari. Since the autumn of 1996, he has also held the post of Artistic Director and has also been a member of the Artistic Committee of the Zurich Festival, in whose creation he played a leading role and which took place for the first time in the summer of 1997. Lately, Alexander Pereira has focused much of his attention on shaping an active and diverse education program for the Zurich Opera House, and on creating an increased presence for the Zurich Opera productions on the international DVD market. Alexander Pereira’s contract with Zurich Opera House runs until 2012. Beginning on October 1, 2011, Alexander Pereira assumes the position of Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival.

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