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James Conlon to Remain Music Director at LA Opera Through 2010-11

By Matthew Westphal
10 Sep 2007

James Conlon
photo by Robert Millard

After completing only one season — to considerable praise — as music director at Los Angeles Opera, conductor James Conlon has extended his contract with the company through the 2010-11 season.

Plácido Domingo, the tenor and conductor who is also L.A. Opera's general director, announced the news last week, just three days before Conlon led the opening performance of the company's 2007-08 season, of Beethoven's Fidelio.

The initial term of Conlon's contract was for three years, from July 2006 through June 2009. This extension will enable him to see through L.A. Opera's first Wagner Ring, which culminates in three performances of the complete cycle in the summer of 2010, as well as a production of Tristan und Isolde designed by artist David Hockney next year.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Conlon was for ten years chief conductor of the Paris Opera and, before that, Generalmusikdirektor of the city of Cologne, including its orchestra and opera house. In 2005 he became music director of the Ravinia Festival (succeeding Christoph Eschenbach), and he has been music director of the Cincinnati May Festival (where he succeeded James Levine) since 1979.




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