The conductor Marc Minkowski, a specialist in Mozart and baroque music, is reappointed for a second three-year term at the head of the Opéra national de Bordeaux (ONBA), announced Friday its president, Laurence Dessertine. A press release announces ‘the renewal of the contract of Marc Minkowski as the general director of the Opéra national de Bordeaux, as of September 1, 2019 and until August 31, 2022″.
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In June of 2016, the founder of the Musicians of the Louvre, at the age now 56 years of age, had succeeded to Thierry Fouquet, who had argued that his rights to retirement. Marc Minkowski began his career as a bassoonist in training baroque and then, at the age of 19 years, founded in 1982, the Musicians of the Louvre. At the head of his set, he quickly became one of the main players in the revival of baroque music on ancient instruments in Europe. It is also becoming in 2008 the music director of the Sinfonia Varsovia, one of the leading orchestras of Poland.
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In January 2013, he was entrusted with the artistic direction of the Mozartwoche (Mozart Week), held each year in Salzburg (Austria) since 1956 to celebrate the birth of the composer. A position to which he / she renounces, in a “pinch in the heart”, to dedicate himself to the Opera of Bordeaux. In September 2016, it ushers in the season 1 of his first term in office with an original production of “Journeys of Don Quixote”, on partitions of Maurice Ravel and Richard Strauss, with a wandering horse “outside the walls” of the opera house, on the pavement in bordeaux.
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A year later, season 2 opens on a production while also flaming of “la Vie parisienne” by Jacques Offenbach. It is under the direction of its predecessor that, in 2002, the ONBA has obtained the label of”opera national region” by a convention signed with the State. The property has approximately 330 employees, including 200 artists, with an annual budget of 30 million euros and two major scenes (the Grand Theatre and the Auditorium).