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Acclaimed conductor John Fiore has been appointed Music Director for Den Norske Opera & Ballett (The Norwegian Opera & Ballet). His position begins on August 1, 2009.
As Music Director, Mr. Fiore will be the artistic head of Operaorkestret (DNO&B’s orchestra) and will be responsible for concert repertoire programming. In collaboration with Director of Opera Paul Curran and Director of Ballet Espen Giljane, he will also nurture the musical development of the opera and ballet companies.
General Director Tom Remlov looks forward to new efforts by this artistic management team.
“With Maestro Fiore, DNO&B have secured someone truly unique on the international music scene. His decision to make Oslo his artistic home also heralds a new era for Operaorkestret which with John in the driving seat will be a new force in Norwegian musical life,” Mr. Remlov said.
John Fiore conducted the DNO&B orchestra and soloists for the first time in a concert performance of Wagner's GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG in the winter of 2008. Now he looks forward to continuing his collaboration.
“I am thrilled, speaking also as a Norwegian--(Italian)-American, to join the DNO&B as Music Director. To work in this magnificent new opera house with this fantastic team is a real honour. I look forward to taking part in the growth of this company as it takes an increasingly prominent position on the international scene.”
American-born John Fiore is one of the leading opera conductors in Europe. This season, he completes his decade-long association with Deutsche Oper-am-Rhein (DOR) as Principal Conductor. In addition, he served as the General Music Director for eight seasons of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Mr. Fiore also maintains a busy schedule at many of America's leading opera houses. He commands a vast repertoire and has become well known as a distinctive interpreter of the operas of the late romantic era, but supports new work through collaborations with composers such as Giorgio Battistelli, Christian Jost, and Bright Sheng as well. A distinguished concert pianist, Mr. Fiore frequently performs chamber music and with singers in recital.
Den Norske Opera & Ballet is Norway's largest performing arts institution. The company gave its first ballet performance in Hamar in 1958 and his first opera performance at the National Theater in 1959. The company's mission is to make opera and ballet of the highest artistic quality available to the widest possible audience. The company moved to a new building in August 2008 which allows for double the amount of performances and audience members. This season's repertoire will focus on both classical and innovative productions including expanding their core operas, operettas and musicals along with producing new Norwegian and international contemporary works. Both the opera and ballet will develop touring productions in collaboration with other institutions.
Photo: Erik Berg, Den Norske Opera & Ballet