Ainars Rubikis, Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin from the 2018/19 season, makes a visit to the opera to conduct performances of Shostakovich’s The Nose. Barrie Kosky’s celebrated debut production of this surreal story of loss and paranoia has recently been performed in Sydney, and was first seen at the Royal Opera House.
Next season will see Ainars conduct numerous performances at the Komische Oper including Die Tote Stadt, Zauberflote, The Love for Three Oranges, and Cendrillon, in addition to various symphonic concerts.
Speaking at the announcement of Ainars’ Music Directorship, Barrie Kosky, the house’s Artistic and General Director, said: “Ainars Rubikis is one of the most exciting young opera talents in Europe. After winning both the Bamberg (2010) and Salzburg (2011) conducting competitions, Ainars has embarked on a very successful opera career. He conducted a marvellous Onegin performance here in the Komische Oper Berlin in winter last year as well as a thrilling symphony concert in February. He is a smart, talented theatre man and a team player. I look forward to working with Ainars in the next years.”
Highlights of this season include performances with Welsh National Opera (Eugene Onegin), Jyväskylä Sinfonia (St Matthew Passion), Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Finnish National Opera (La traviata), Filharmonia Poznanska and Orchestre National d’Ile de France.
Performances of The Nose take place 16 June to 14 July at the Komische Oper Berlin. More information here.