The first concert-season as general-music-director

After pursuing a successful career at numerous leading opera-houses between Paris, Berlin Vienna, Stuttgart and Essen as well as Tel Aviv, Seoul and Mexico City throughout almost 20 years, it appeared to go without saying that Sébastien Rouland would be offered the position of a general-music-director in the foreseeable future. This offer was submitted to him by such prestigious company as the Saarland State Theatre in Saarbrucken and he obeyed the invitation promptly. This theatre does not only provide a – technically as artistically – high-class opera-company with an outstandingly competent staff to him. It also has a top-class orchestra (in Germany classified in category A) at its disposal which enables him to maintain and develop the symphonic repertoire in equal measure. The pure delight which our maestro is getting from this challenge becomes manifest in the subtle and highly inspirational programming of his first Saarbrucken concert-season. Please find below the list of the concerts under his personal direction within season 2018/19:

November 25 and 26, 2018:
Francis Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Francis Poulenc: Concert champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra
(Harpsichord: Jori Vinikour)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony Nr. 6 „Pastorale“

New Year’s concerts on January 1st and 4, 2019:
„From Paris to Vienna“
Music by Jacques Offenbach and Johann Strauß (with ensemble-soloists of the Saarland State Theatre)

April 28 and 29, 2019:
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Concert for piano and orchestra Nr. 21 C-Major KV 467
(Piano: Sophie Pacini)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony Nr. 4 E-flat-Major WAB 104 „Romantic Symphony“

May 19 and 20, 2019:
Maurice Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye (orchestra-version)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Concert for piano and orchestra Nr. 2 g-minor op. 22
(Piano: Béatrice Berrut)
Ernest Chausson: Symphony B-flat-Major op. 20

June 16 and 17, 2019:
Isaac Albéniz: Iberia-Suite
Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole d-minor op. 21
Georges Bizet: Symphony Nr. 1 C-Major

All dates of performances