Conductor

Ainars Rubikis

Music Director, Komische Oper Berlin

credit: Jānis Porietis - janisphoto.com

Introduction

Ainārs Rubiķis took up his position as Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin at the start of the 2018/19 season. Latvian-born, he came to international attention as winner of the 2010 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition when he emerged from strong competition to take the prestigious competition’s first prize: “This year, as with Gustavo Dudamel in 2004, we have found an exceptional conductor” observed Jonathan Nott, president of the Competition jury. The following year, he was recipient of the second Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and subsequently conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the Salzburger Festspiele. He served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2012 to 2014, and was awarded a prestigious Golden Mask Award as “Best Conductor” for the new production of Bernstein’s Mass.

Plans for his first Komische Oper season include Die Tote Stadt, Zauberflote, The Love for Three Oranges, Cendrillon, Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder and Der Rosenkavalier. He makes guest visits to Bamberger Symphoniker, where he conducts a concert version of Rimski-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Ulster Orchestra and returns to the Bolshoi Theatre for their new production of Rusalka. 


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Performance Schedule

  • 13:05 13 Dec 2018 Ulster Hall, BELFAST More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin: Polonaise
    OTTORINO RESPIGHI Trittico Botticelliano
    JEAN SIBELIUS King Kristian II: Suite

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra

  • 19:30 14 Dec 2018 Komische Oper, BERLIN More info  

    ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Stage Design: Michael Levine
    Costume Design: Petra Reinhardt
    Dramaturgy: Maximilian Hagemeyer
    Choirs: David Cavelius
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    Lighting: Peter van Praet
    Paul: Aleš Briscein
    Marietta / Marie’s Apparition: Sara Jakubiak
    Frank, Paul’s Friend / Fritz, The Pierrot: Günter Papendell
    Brigitta, Paul’s Housekeeper: Maria Fiselier
    Juliette, Dancer: Georgina Melville
    Victorin, The Director: Adrian Strooper
    Count Albert: Ivan Turšić
    Choir: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin
    Choir: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

  • 19:00 16 Dec 2018 Komische Oper, BERLIN More info  

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Staging: Andreas Homoki
    Stage Designer: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
    Costumes: Mechthild Seipel
    Choir: David Cavelius
    Lighting: Franck Evin
    Fata Morgana: Svetlana Sozdateleva
    Celio: Philipp Meierhöfer
    Der Konig: Jens Larsen
    Der Prinz: Johannes Dunz
    Prinzessin Clarice: Maria Fiselier
    Leander: Günter Papendell
    Pantalone: Dominik Köninger
    Truffaldino: Ivan Turšić
    Prinzessin Linetta: Marta Mika
    Prinzessin Nicoletta: Georgina Melville
    Prinzessin Ninetta: Mirka Wagner
    Smeraldine: Karolina Gumos
    Farfarello: Carsten Sabrowski
    Der Herold: Samuli Taskinen
    Choir: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin
    Choir: Ernst Senff Chor Berlin

  • 20:00 19 Dec 2018 Komische Oper, BERLIN More info  

    JULES MASSENET Cendrillon

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Staging: Damiano Michieletto
    Choreographer: Sabine Franz
    Stage Design: Paolo Fantin
    Costumes: Klaus Bruns
    Dramaturgy: Simon Berger
    Chorus: Jean-Christophe Charron
    Lighting: Alessandro Carletti
    Cendrillon: Nadja Mchantaf
    Madame de la Haltiere: Doris Lamprecht
    Le Prince Charmant: Karolina Gumos
    La Fee: Nora Friedrichs
    Noemie: Mirka Wagner
    Pandolfe: Werner Van Mechelen
    Le Roi: Carsten Sabrowski
    Le Doyen da la Faculte: Christoph Späth
    Le Surintendant des Plaisiers: Samuli Taskinen
    Le Premier Ministre: Philipp Meierhöfer
    Old Fairy: Evelyn Gundlach
    Choir: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin

  • 19:30 25 Dec 2018 Komische Oper, BERLIN More info  

    ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Stage Design: Michael Levine
    Costume Design: Petra Reinhardt
    Dramaturgy: Maximilian Hagemeyer
    Choirs: David Cavelius
    Children’s Choir: Dagmar Fiebach
    Lighting: Peter van Praet
    Paul: Aleš Briscein
    Marietta / Marie’s Apparition: Sara Jakubiak
    Frank, Paul’s Friend / Fritz, The Pierrot: Günter Papendell
    Brigitta, Paul’s Housekeeper: Maria Fiselier
    Juliette, Dancer: Georgina Melville
    Victorin, The Director: Adrian Strooper
    Count Albert: Ivan Turšić
    Choir: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin
    Choir: Children’s Choir Komische Oper Berlin

  • 19:30 28 Dec 2018 Komische Oper, BERLIN More info  

    JULES MASSENET Cendrillon

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Staging: Damiano Michieletto
    Choreographer: Sabine Franz
    Stage Design: Paolo Fantin
    Costumes: Klaus Bruns
    Dramaturgy: Simon Berger
    Chorus: Jean-Christophe Charron
    Lighting: Alessandro Carletti
    Cendrillon: Nadja Mchantaf
    Madame de la Haltiere: Doris Lamprecht
    Le Prince Charmant: Karolina Gumos
    La Fee: Nora Friedrichs
    Noemie: Mirka Wagner
    Pandolfe: Werner Van Mechelen
    Le Roi: Carsten Sabrowski
    Le Doyen da la Faculte: Christoph Späth
    Le Surintendant des Plaisiers: Samuli Taskinen
    Le Premier Ministre: Philipp Meierhöfer
    Old Fairy: Evelyn Gundlach
    Choir: Chorsolisten Komischen Oper Berlin

  • 16:00 01 Jan 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN More info  

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis

  • 20:00 01 Feb 2019 Komische Oper, BERLIN More info  

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Orchestra: Komische Oper
    Violin: Daniel Lozakovich

  • time TBC 06 Mar 2019 Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, MOSCOW More info  

    ANTONIN DVORAK Rusalka

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Set Designer: Timofei Kulyabin
    Set Designer: Oleg Golovko
    Costume Designer: Galya Solodovnikova
    Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

  • time TBC 07 Mar 2019 Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, MOSCOW More info  

    ANTONIN DVORAK Rusalka

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Set Designer: Timofei Kulyabin
    Set Designer: Oleg Golovko
    Costume Designer: Galya Solodovnikova
    Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

  • time TBC 08 Mar 2019 Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, MOSCOW More info  

    ANTONIN DVORAK Rusalka

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Set Designer: Timofei Kulyabin
    Set Designer: Oleg Golovko
    Costume Designer: Galya Solodovnikova
    Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

  • time TBC 09 Mar 2019 Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, MOSCOW More info  

    ANTONIN DVORAK Rusalka

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Set Designer: Timofei Kulyabin
    Set Designer: Oleg Golovko
    Costume Designer: Galya Solodovnikova
    Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov

Press

 
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    02 Feb 14 Bizet: Carmen Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
    New National Theatre, Tokyo

    “Ainars Rubikis conducts the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in a performance full of highly variegated tempo and emphasis, creating a brilliant soundscape for this emotive work.”
    Ayako Takahashi, The Japan Times, 03 February 2014

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    24 Oct 12 Schubert and Stravinsky Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Lighthouse, Poole

    “On the podium, making his debut with the BSO, Latvian conductor Ainars Rubikis offered ideal support with a richly harmonised introduction to Brahms’ Violin Concerto.”

    “First impressions of Rubikis would suggest his rising stardom is well founded.”

    “We would expect Schubert to be songful, but Stravinsky?

    In the hands of Rubikis that is just what we heard. Sure the acerbic sections of this 1919 version of the Firebird Suite lived up to, and beyond, the BSO’s usual incisive performance.

    But into the mix of menacing atmosphere and kaleidoscopic orchestral colour came the floating filigree of the Princesses Round Dance, a mysterious touch of ethereality in the Berceuse and dawning finale.

    A winning performance by a musical magician.”

    Mike Marsh, Bournemouth Echo, 25 October 2012

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    29 Apr 11 A Night of Baltic Music Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
    Estonia Concert Hall, Estonia

    “Rubikis is a lean, athletic type, bounding on to the stage in a black caftan-like coat and conducting with fluid and assured movements, musical nous in evidence. Vasks’ “Credo” led off the evening, Rubikis directing the Estonian National Symphony through this sublime piece of modern composition. Redolent of Wagnerian symphonic passages, “Credo” meandered beautifully, reaching a crescendo, only to fall back to a quiet and emotional coda. It is a pleasing and transcendent piece.”

    Mike Amundsen, ERR, 02 May 2011