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January 27, 2022

Romanian conductor concludes Vienna State Opera term

Famous Romanian musician Ioan Holender, who is to conclude on June 26 his term as director of the Vienna State Opera, will continue to have a busy schedule, as he is to teach lectures in Vienna and Krems, to act as advisor to the Metropolitan Opera in New York and to collaborate with the Budapest Opera, ‘Deutsche Welle’ announces. Holender organised on Wednesday a press conference in which he drew the line under the 19 years of his term, the longest in the history of the Viennese opera. Holender, born in Timisoara, spoke about the past, as well as about his future plans. “I came here gladly. I leave gladly” –Austrian daily ‘Kurier’ quoted Holender as telling the press conference.

The director of the famous opera will close his activity at the ending of the season. The proper gala which will mark the end of his term is scheduled for June 26, guests in the event including Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo. A musical retrospect featuring scenes from 40 premieres staged by the Opera in the Austrian capital will be presented during the gala. The institution led by Holender staged a total of 93 premieres. Holender is proud of this record and of leaving his successor, Frenchman Dominique Meyer, with a budget of almost RON 12 M. Moreover, in the 19 years of Holender’s term, 11 million people attended performances, and the hall was, on average, 96 per cent full. Furthermore, Holender said he would continue to have a busy schedule. He will teach lectures in Vienna and Krems, host TV programmes, act as advisor to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and may even hold a higher position within the Budapest Opera. Finally, Holender will remain the president and artistic director of the “George Enescu” International Festival, an honorary office which he holds.

Born in 1935, in Timisoara, Holender studied mechanical engineering at the university in his birthplace. After migrating with his family to Austria, he was meaning to continue studies in this field, but he became interested in music. After studying music, he was employed as baritone and concert soloist by the Klagenfurt Stadttheater. In 1966, he started working at the Starka theatre agency, which he subsequently took over and developed. In 1988, he was appointed secretary general of the Vienna Opera.

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