Globetrotting conductor Gaffigan unveils 2022/3 season

Leading American conductor James Gaffigan has announced his 2022/23 season, in which he will lead productions of La Bohème and Tristan und Isolde at Valencia’s Les Arts; La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and Tristan at Santa Fe Opera. Symphonically, he returns to the National Symphony Orchestra on two programmes, directs the Orchestre de Paris in the French premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Concerto in D with Nicola Benedetti, returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, makes his debut with the Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo, reunites with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, and leads programs in his titled roles at the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

Gaffigan holds Music Directorships at two international opera houses: in addition to serving as Music Director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Spain, he is the newly-appointed General Music Director of Komische Oper Berlin, a post that commences from the 2023/2024 season. As the Designated General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin during the 2022/23 season, Gaffigan will lead two special concerts: a New Year’s program on HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! and a programme featuring the world premiere of a new work by Sven Daigger, which will be used for outreach in Berlin schools. He also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of both the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is in his ninth and final season, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera, as well as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra.

Gaffigan begins his season on September 1, 2, and 3, leading Valencia’s Les Arts in works by Óscar Esplá, Mozart, and Schumann. He then travels to Los Angeles to lead the LA Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise, on 8 September. Later in the month he returns to lead the National Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Kennedy Centre with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, which premiered 51 years ago at the Center’s 1971 opening gala. Gaffigan then travels back to Europe for a concert of Mozart, Anders Hillborg, and Hindemith with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

In October he joins forces with Norwegian soprano and close collaborator Lise Davidsen for a special performance of works of Verdi, Von Weber, and Wagner with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and directs the Norwegian National Ballet.

On New Year’s Day 2023, Gaffigan will conducts the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and actor Max Hopp in an introduction to 2023, using pieces as diverse as Haydn’s Chaos from Creation to Gruber’s Frankenstein!!; followed by engagements in Noway, the Netherlands, the US, Spain, France, Germany and many other countries.

Finally, from 20-30 July, 2023, James Gaffigan will lead the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra as Music Director.

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