19 August 2019: Patron Simone Young reception & talk
Monday 19 August 2019
Simone Young is considered one of the most important conductors of our time. After completing her musical studies in her native Sydney, Ms Young received an award to work at the Cologne Opera where she was quickly appointed Kapellmeister, and then engaged by Daniel Barenboim at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden. This launched her international career, which has taken her to nearly all the most important opera houses and symphony orchestras around the world.
Ms Young is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and maintains a busy conducting schedule in the 2018/19 season, which sees her return once again to Berlin State Opera to conduct Die Frau ohne Schatten, and to Vienna State Opera with Lohengrin. She will also lead performances of From the House of the Dead, Jenufa, and Tannhäuser at Bavarian State Opera, and of Elektra at Oper Zürich. Equally in demand on the concert podium, the 2018/19 season will bring Ms Young to orchestras in Stockholm, Lausanne, Berlin, Leipzig, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, and Australia.
Ms Young’s previous titled positions include: Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998-2002); Artistic Director of the Australian Opera (2001-2003); Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon; Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic (2005-2015).
Simone Young is the esteemed Patron of the Wagner Society in NSW. She last spoke to us in August 2012.