James Gaffigan

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía have appointed American conductor James Gaffigan, 42, as their new Music Director, it was announced this afternoon. The four-year term begins 1 September 2021 and will see Gaffigan conduct at least two operas and concerts per year in Valencia.

He will open his first season in Valencia with a staging of Mozart’s Requiem by Romeo Castellucci and closes it with Berg’s Wozzeck featuring Peter Mattei in the title role and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Marie. Elsewhere, he will guest conduct at The Metropolitan Opera (Eugene Onegin), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Don Carlos), Opéra national de Paris (Manon) and Santa Fe Opera (Tristan und Isolde).

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