New developments in Berlin, Rome and Dubai

While Martina Franca mourns the death of the President of the Paolo Grassi Foundation (organiser of the Festival della Valle d’Itria), Berlin has chosen Aviel Cahn, the current General Director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, to lead the Berlin Deutsche Oper from the 2026-2027 season. Dubai Opera also has a new General Director in Paolo Petrocelli, previously Director of the Stauffer Academy in Cremona. But it is to Rome that all conductors’ roads lead, as Daniel Harding has just been appointed Direttore Musicale dell’Orchestra e del Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. His five-year contract will begin in October 2024. He succeeds Antonio Pappano, who has held the post since 2005 and is now Director Emeritus.


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