11 June 2012 at 1.19pm | Comment on this article
Due to an inflammation of the shoulder, Italian conductor Maurizio Benini has withdrawn from conducting The Royal Opera’s performances of La bohème on 19 and 23 June. Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe will now conduct both performances.
His operatic appearances include Werther and Die Fledermaus for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Ariadne auf Naxos for Bavarian State Opera; Turandot and Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Monte Carlo; Roméo et Juliette for Vancouver Opera and many productions with Deutsche Oper Berlin including Der fliegende Holländer, Eugene Onegin and Ballo in maschera.
Jacques Lacombe was Music Director of the Philharmonie de Lorraine in France (1998–2001), Principal Guest Conductor of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (2002–6) and has been Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since September 2010 and Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Québec, since 2006.
The conductor has previously performed Tosca with The Royal Opera in 2009.