Nathalie Stutzmann has been announced as the Atlanta Symphony’s fifth music director from the 2022–23 season, becoming only the second women in US history to preside over a major American orchestra. In addition, this season she becomes principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, a position that involves a regular presence on the orchestra’s subscription series, on recordings, on tours, and at its summer festivals. Stutzmann is also entering the fourth season of her successful tenure as chief conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway.
As a guest conductor this season and the next, Stutzmann will lead the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Helsinki Radio Symphony, and the Seattle, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco symphony orchestras. This follows her very successful summer concert appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra in August 2021.
Nathalie Stutzmann has established a strong reputation as an opera conductor in large repertoire including Wagner’s Tannhauser and Boito’s Mefistofele. In 2022 she conducts a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades in Brussels’s La Monnaie. She will make her delayed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2023, because her scheduled appearance in 2021 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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