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Antonello Manacorda

An Italian with a strong affinity for the German repertoire. A »natural melodist« (Der Tagesspiegel), who excels at transferring the intricacy of his stylistically informed interpretations to the big orchestral apparatus. More, a true artist merging sheer creative force with a highly collaborative performance style. Antonello Manacorda’s versatility as a conductor is rooted in the richness of his musical and cultural background: born into an French-Italian family in Turin, educated in Amsterdam and a longtime Berlin resident, Manacorda was a founding member and longstanding concert master of the Claudio Abbado – initiated Mahler Chamber Ochestra before studying under legendary Finnish conductor Jorma Panula. Today Antonello Manacorda is performing at both the world’s most renowned opera houses as well as at the helm of globally renowned symphony orchestras. At the heart of his work is the Kammerakademie Potsdam – an ensemble he has shaped as its Artistic Director since 2010 and produced a series of award-winning recordings with since. In the 2022/23 season opera productions will take Antonello Manacorda to the Opéra national de Paris (Die Zauberflöte), the Berlin State Opera (Jenůfa) and to the Semper Opera House Dresden (Der Freischütz). Highlights of his symphonic calendar in the 2022/23 season include guest appearances with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia. In the past seasons, Antonello Manacorda has enjoyed success among others with debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Le nozze di Figaro) and a new production of Der Freischütz at the Bavarian State Opera. With the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda has recorded both a Mendelssohn cycle and a Schubert cycle for Sony, that have received highest praise by the press. The latter which led to the ensemble being awarded the 2015 ECHO Klassik in the category »Best Orchestra of the Year«.

He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2019 with Don Giovanni and has since conducted a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and performances of Le nozze di Figaro.

Conducting at the Vienna State Opera 2022/2023: Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly