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Metzmacher says Goodbye

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Ingo Metzmacher has achieved more than he himself probably ever dreamt of when he first came to Hamburg in 1997: His productions with Peter Konwitschny brought Modern and Classical Music back in the public debate, he established the Hamburg Philharmonics as a creatively and commercially viable orchestra and founded an excellent Festival for Modern Music. His constant fights with the political establishment of the city have had their impact as well, though, and so it is with smile and a tear that Metzmacher now leaves for Amsterdam to take up the position of main conductor at the Nederlandse Opera. For deespite all the successes, quite a lot of his visions could not be realised (Messiaens "Saint Francois" by Robert Wilson proved too costly), there were a few scandals which didn't leave him unscarred (he, too was attacked after Stockhausens September 11th remarks) and just a small number of the performances have been documented for future generations. Also, the mentioned Musikfest for Modern Music will not continue.

Still, the good outweighed the bad and as a sign of appreciation, Metzmacher received the Max-Brauer Prize which, apart from his ongoing efforts to popularise Modern Music, also acted as a recognition for his work with children.

Before work starts in Amsterdam, he will act as a guest conductor at several festivals: The Tanglewood Festival, the BBC Proms, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Edinburgh International Festival the Lucerne festival and the Ludwigsburger Schlossfstspiele. Also, Metzmacher will embark on a tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra thorugh different European cities. With all these highly anticipated performances, it therefore seems, as though maybe his departure from Hamburg is not the end, but rather the beginning of an era.

Homepage: Ingo Metzmacher at PR2 Classic
Homepage: Ingo Metzmacher at Intermusica
Source: Ingo Metzmacher Interview at Abendblatt
Source: Ingo Metzmacher receives Max Brauer Prize at Die Welt

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