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New Music Director for Scottish Opera

Posted 23 Apr 2013

Renowned French conductor Emmanuel Joël-Hornak has been announced as Scottish Opera's new music director. 

Joël-Hornak is no stranger to Scottish opera-goers, having conducted a memorably zany staging of La belle Hélène in 1995, returning soon afterwards for Aïda. He also conducted productions of La traviata in 2008/9 and Hansel and Gretel last year for Scottish Opera.  He has extensive international experience in the concert hall and opera house in a wide range of repertoire. He will join the company in August after conducting Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman in Hong Kong in June. Joel-Hornak said "I am extremely proud and honoured to become the new music director of Scottish Opera. I am particularly thrilled after a lifetime of travelling, to become a settled part of the Scottish Opera community, and to experience and share with people all round Scotland the fantastic joys and emotions that the great composers have given us through the wonderful form of art that is opera."

Scottish Opera director Alex Reedijk said: "It is a huge honour for us to have attracted someone of his calibre to become our music director. He brings profound experience of the art form, honed in the opera houses of Europe, North America and Australasia, and a real curiosity about the musical landscape here in Scotland."  Read more here.

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