4 March 2014 at 11.39am | 1 Comment
The career and legacy of former Music Director of The Royal Opera Bernard Haitink is to be celebrated at the performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten on 17 March. The conductor marks his 85th birthday today (4 March 2014).
Haitink, who will be in attendance for the performance, which will be conducted by Semyon Bychkov, held the post of Music Director of The Royal Opera at Covent Garden between 1987 and 2002 and conducted the Die Frau ohne Schatten himself for the Royal Opera House in 1992. He has also held high-profile positions with the Concertgebouw, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne, the Dresden Staatskapelle and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2013/14 Season he has conducted a series of concerts with the London Symphony, Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic orchestras as well as conducting performances at the Barbican with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and in Germany with the Berlin Philharmonic.
He has also recorded prolifically for leading labels. Haitink's career has been notable for his dedication to the development of young musical talent, and he has given conducting classes across the globe.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, Hamish and Sophie Forsyth, The Friends of Covent Garden and an anonymous donor.