APO announces artist change for Great Classics: The Creation

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) is pleased to announce that conductor Johannes Fritzsch will join the orchestra to conduct its Great Classics: The Creation concert, performed in association with the World Symposium on Choral Music 2020, taking place on Sunday 19 July at Auckland Town Hall.

Maestro Fritzsch is an APO regular, previously conducting the orchestra in 2008, 2016 and 2017. Of his 2016 performance with the APO, Radio New Zealand described him as “attentive to detail” and “controlling, shaping the sounds”, with Bachtrack writing “Fritzsch’s sensitive conception was never academic, consistently shaped with true intensity and with vital attention given to rhythm”.

He is also joining the orchestra in September to conduct The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Grace & Grandeur.

Maestro Fritzsch replaces the previously advertised Maestro Giordano Bellincampi. APO looks forward to welcoming Maestro Bellincampi when he returns to Auckland to conduct the orchestra’s first main series concerts of the 2020 season in February and the Beethoven 250 festival in March.

About Johannes Fritzsch

Maestro Johannes Fritzsch recently held the position of Chief Conductor of the Grazer Oper and Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Austria. From 2008-2014, he was Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; as Conductor Laureate, he continues his relationship with the QSO. In 2017, he was appointed inaugural Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Mo. Fritzsch has performed with many orchestras, both within Germany and internationally. These include: Hamburger Sinfoniker, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Staatsorchester Halle, the Orchestre Philharmonique Strassbourg, the Orchestra National de Montpellier, the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Adelaide, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra Victoria.

Opera Companies with which he has worked include: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Opernhaus Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Bastille Paris, Grazer Oper, the Royal Opera Stockholm, Malmö Operan and Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne (including Wozzeck, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Salome, Der Rosenkavalier).

In 2018, Johannes Fritzsch conducted The Flying Dutchman for Staatsoper Hamburg, The Cunning Little Vixen for West Australian Opera, Don Giovanni for Opera Queensland and made major appearances with Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  He returns to Opera Australia in 2019 to conduct Salome, to Adelaide to conduct Vixen and will lead concerts by the QSO and TSO.

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