NEW YORK (AP) - Valery Gergiev has been appointed principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic starting with the 2015-16 season.
In addition, the 59-year-old Gergiev remains artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, a position he has held since 1988. He intends to give up his post as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2014-15 season, but plans to conduct the LSO in some projects after that.
“I think Munich is a different color in the musical map of Europe and deeply rooted in this Austrian-German or better to say German or even Bavarian music tradition. Look at Richard Strauss. Look at Wagner,” he said Friday during a telephone interview after a news conference in Munich. “Every program is repeated three times. In London once, sometimes twice.”
“I never think this way,” he said.
He will conduct a new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” at the Metropolitan Opera in the September season with Anna Netrebko, but has withdrawn from the new staging of Borodin’s “Prince Igor” later in the season.
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