Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Josep Caballé Domenech, 39, is announced as the new music director of the Staatskapelle in Handel’s birthplace, Halle.
So, anyone recognize the name?
The Caballe bit yes.
Yes; opera lovers and French football fans alike will recognise his illustrious heritage. They’ve had some good people in Halle these last few years, and not just on the podium; let’s see how he shapes up as it’s a pretty good springboard to greater things.
I guess French football fans would not find this aspect of the heritage particularly illustrious.
Wikipaedia mentions that he comes from a family of musicians, but no mention of a connection with Montserrat Caballe specifically.
Yes, he’s been working regularly with the Royal Phil over the last few years and doing great stuff at the Dresden Semperoper as well. He’s the real thing.
MWnyc: I confess I had not heard of him, but I notice that he has a nice bio reported on wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josep_Caballé_Domenech, and it appears he has had some fine experience in both orchestral and opera conducting- e.g. appearances with the Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Barcelona Liceu, Stuttgart Staatsoper, etc- and has had distinguished teachers and mentors- e.g. Colin Davis, David Zinman, Sergiu Comissiona, etc., and is a winner of the Aspen prize for conducting, etc.
He may be one of the real rising stars one will begin to hear much more about over the next 5 years. Norman, thanks for bringing this one to light.
I was referring to his surname and parentage, actually.
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