MARC ALBRECHT RENEWS CONTRACT

Principal conductor Marc Albrecht is renewing his contract with Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra up to the end of the 2019-2020 season. Along with Els van der Plas (general manager Dutch National Opera & Ballet), Pierre Audi (director of Dutch National Opera) and Rob Streevelaar (general manager of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra),  Marc Albrecht made the announcement on Saturday 7 May, prior to the premiere of the opera Don Giovanni at Dutch National Opera & Ballet, in Amsterdam.

Conductor Marc Albrecht (1964), originally from Germany, has been principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Dutch National Opera since 2011. Since its foundation in 1985, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra  has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera. Recently, Marc Albrecht made a deep impression with the operas Der Schatzgräber, which was awarded an Edison Classic in December 2014, Der Rosenkavalier, which was awarded five stars by both De Volkskrant and Trouw, and Lohengrin.

In the 2016-2017 season, Albrecht is conducting the operas Parsifal by Wagner and Wozzeck by Berg. In the Concertgebouw, he is conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert no. 3 (October 2016), Symphony no. 5 by Bruckner (November 2016), Symphony no. 3 by Brahms (February 2017) and Symphony no. 9 by his beloved Mahler (June 2017).

The press heaps regular praise on Albrecht. George Loomis of the New York Times, for example, wrote about Marc Albrecht’s contribution to the opera Gurre-Lieder in September 2014: ‘Marc Albrecht’s masterful conducting of the Netherlands Philharmonic emphasizes not just the score’s decibel level but also exquisite, chamber-like details’.

Photo from left to right: Maria Mennen, Rob Streevelaar, Marc Albrecht, Pierre Audi and Els van der Plas
Credits: Hans van den Bogaard