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Starting from the 2019-2020 season, Alejo Pérez will become the new music director at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, which is based in Ghent and Antwerp. He has been appointed by Jan Vandenhouwe, who will take over as artistic director for the opera, starting in the same season.
Audiences at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, who first got to know the Argentinian conductor in the production of Pelléas et Mélisande (season 2017-2018) directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Marina Ambravovic, showered the maestro with enthusiastic applause after every performance. His conducting of the Debussy opera also earned him praise in the (inter)national press.
Together with Jan Vandenhouwe, maestro Pérez will take up his duties in the 2019-2020 season, conducting the opening production for the season. Each season, he will conduct at least two operas and three symphonic programs. As music director, he will also assist the artistic director and advise on matters such as guest conductors, casting soloists, hiring new musicians and chorus members, and programming.
Alejo Pérez: “When I first conducted at Vlaanderen Opera, leading last season’s production of Pelléas et Mélisande, I immediately felt a great affinity with the orchestra and all the people involved. This is something one should not underestimate; I believe that good chemistry and being on the same wavelength are absolutely essential in any artistic endeavour. That’s why I see great potential in a long-term collaboration with this company, in which I am fortunate to experience a shared passion for music. I am also truly happy to be working alongside Jan Vandenhouwe, with whom I share a common vision for the future of the company. I look forward to playing my part in shaping Vlaanderen’s musical life with great expectation and excitement.”
The spark has been ignited: when Alejo Pérez speaks of his new position as music director of the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, a role he will step into from the 2019/2020 season onwards, he stresses the great affinity he has for the orchestra and the entire team. “The challenge should not be underestimated. The chemistry has to be right; that‘s essential for any artistic project. I’m looking forward to breathing this atmosphere of passion for music in this house – this is something that makes me feel at home,” says the conductor. He shone in his debut in Flanders last year with Pelléas et Mélisande, staged by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Marina Abramovic....