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Why Ticciati will be great for Glyndebourne

Why Ticciati will be great for Glyndebourne

Robin Ticciati with the score of Janáček's Jenůfa at a Glyndebourne study day, 2009David Nice

Robin the boy wonder, as he was somewhat patronisingly dubbed during his prodigious rise to conducting stardom, will make a bracing Batman for Glyndebourne Festival Opera when he takes over from current music director Vladimir Jurowski in January 2014.

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Sounds like positive news, David, and you are clearly very enthusiastic about Ticciati. Let's hope it works out. I'm looking forward to seeing him under the microscope of a Strauss/Mahler/Brahms programme with the LSO in March 2012. I happen to think that Jurowski is one of the outstanding conducting talents in the 30-50 age group, and his concerts with the LPO are consistently excellent. So my real point of curiosity is the same as yours. 'The only big question-mark is where Jurowski goes next.' Would you care to attempt a little bit of speculation for us here?

Sorry, Hedgehog, I don't have reliable intelligence there. Of course the obvious step would be the Royal Opera after Pappano - hard to think of anyone else who could keep the morale there as high as great Tony seems to be doing at the moment. I can't see somewhere as problematic as the Met being VJ territory - he needs to have total trust in what he does from a not too big admin.

Many thanks for that, David. I must say that the ROH was also my first thought, given the imminence of Pappano's departure in 2013. Jurowski's Glyndebourne resignation now makes him 'officially available'. Also of significance is Jurowski's stated dislike of commuting between continents, especially as he still has a young family. Hence, I suppose, his reluctance to pick up the hotly-speculated (but dubious) Philadelphia dollar, leaving that to Nezet-Seguin, a move the latter might just come to regret, fine conductor though he is. I agree that Jurowski would be crazy to take on the Met. I am full of admiration for the way in which Jurowski is working so assiduously and intelligently on his career, in both concert and operatic repertoire, and especially in Europe and Russia. Let us also not forget that his real home is Berlin. I had read some speculation somewhere about the Staatsoper, but I can't see that happening any time soon, given Barenboim's grip on the capital. I'd also love to hear Jurowski with the Staatskapelle, in my opinion by far the best orchestra in Berlin.

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