Santa Fe Opera hires its first music director

— Alan Gilbert has been hired as the first music director of the Santa Fe Opera.

The 36-year-old New Yorker, whose appointment was announced Tuesday, is chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He becomes principal guest conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, Germany, in the 2004-05 season.

In Santa Fe, he will report to general director Richard Gaddes, who took over two years ago from founder John Crosby.

Gilbert is scheduled to conduct Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at Santa Fe in 2004, two operas in 2005 and one in 2006. He made his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2001 with Verdi's "Falstaff" and conducted Tchaikovksy's "Eugene Onegin" last summer.

This summer he appears at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on Aug. 20 and Aug. 24.


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