Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929-2016)
On the death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Dutch National Opera would like to say a few words in remembrance of a pioneer of historical performance practice, who grew to become one of the most influential conductors of the twentieth century.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt made his debut with Dutch National Opera in the seventies, with the music theatre works of Claudio Monteverdi and Henry Purcell, conducting the ensemble he had founded himself, Concentus Musicus Wien. In the late eighties and early nineties, he returned to DNO for some extremely successful productions with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: a popular production of Die Fledermaus, directed by Johannes Schaaff, and the three Mozart|Da Ponte-operas: Don Giovanni, directed by Alfred Kirchner, and Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Jürgen Flimm.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.