Orchestras and conductors
Roland Böer
Now an internationally recognised conductor, Roland Böer has had a rapid rise that has seen him establish close links with many leading opera houses and orchestras. He is regularly invited by Oper Frankfurt, the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, and the Vienna Volksoper. He has also been a guest on many occasions of the Royal Danish Opera, for which he conducted Albert Herring, directed by Keith Warner, in May 2012. Last season he conducted Rusalka in Vienna and returned to Copenhagen to lead performances of Tannhäuser, directed by Kasper Holten. This season’s highlights include Idomeneo in Frankfurt (following the success of Die Fledermaus last year) and a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Opéra de Nice, as well as a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for Haydn’s The Creation.

Roland Böer has also worked extensively as a guest conductor at a number of opera houses, including La Monnaie/De Munt, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala in Milan, English National Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Polish National Opera, and the Stadttheater Bern. He has conducted numerous orchestras in concert, including the Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Kaiserslautern, the Bamberg Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

He has also conducted chamber orchestras and ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern, the Northern Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He enjoys a close relationship, moreover, with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

Roland Böer began his career as Kapellmeister at Oper Frankfurt (2002-2008), having earlier worked there and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf as a répétiteur. He worked as an assistant to Antonio Pappano at Bayreuth, La Monnaie/De Munt, and Covent Garden. In 2009, he became Music Director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte summer festival in Montepulciano, where he works with high-profile artists and directs projects in collaboration with the Manchester-based Royal Northern College of Music.

His discography includes a DVD/Blu-ray recording of The Magic Flute in William Kentridge’s production at La Scala, released on OPUS ARTE in 2012 to high critical acclaim. Last season he recorded works by Glazunov and Schumann with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for broadcast by Bavarian Radio (Bayerische Rundfunk).
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La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
In 1772, the Austrian composer and conductor Ignace Vitzthumb officially founded the La Monnaie Orchestra. The ensemble, always closely involved in the opera house’s productions, developed over the years as it worked with great composers such as Richard Wagner, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, André Messager, Vincent d’Indy et Alban Berg. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, it took part in the first performances of a number of operas, including Massenet’s Hérodiade, Chabrier’s Gwendoline, Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus, Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphée, Honneger’s Antigone, and Prokofiev’s The Gambler.

The orchestra was regularly conducted by world-famous conductors such as Hans Richter, Felix Mottl, Otto Lohse, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Josef Krips, and, more recently, Sir John Pritchard, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Kent Nagano.

Under Gerard Mortier, the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra was thoroughly revitalised in 1981 and Sylvain Cambreling (1981-1991) was appointed Music Director. He was succeeded by Sir Antonio Pappano (1992-2002), Kazushi Ono (2002-2008), and Ludovic Morlot (2012-2014). Alain Altinoglu has been Music Director of the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra since January 2016.

Equally at home in the symphonic and operatic repertoires, the orchestra performs for the most part in Brussels at the Royal Opera House La Monnaie, in the Henry Le Boeuf Hall at Bozar, and in Studio 4 at Flagey, as well as on tour in Europe, the United States, and Japan.
Contemporary music figures prominently in the orchestra’s repertoire and it has collaborated, at times in first performances, with many composers, including John Adams, Luciano Berio, Philippe Boesmans, Pierre Boulez, Kris Defoort, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Toshio Hosokawa, Bruno Maderna, Frank Martin, Benoît Mernier, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

The orchestra’s dynamism and versatility have made a huge contribution to La Monnaie’s artistic identity. Their impact has grown as broadcasts of opera productions on television and radio, as well as Internet streaming, have increasingly brought the orchestra to the attention of music-lovers all over the world. Its prestige is reflected in an extensive and ever-growing discography.
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