Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Young British conductor Harry Ogg joins WNO as Associate Conductor

Harry Ogg
The young British conductor Harry Ogg reached the finals of the Donatella Flick Competition in 2018, and as a result has been appointed Associate Conductor at Welsh National Opera (WNO) as part of a collaboration between WNO and the competition. Harry has been becoming noticed recently, he also won second prize in the MDR Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition in Leipzig 2018 and was selected for the Deutsche Dirigentenforum the same year, and he will be working with François-Xavier Roth in Cologne with their resident Gürzenich Orchestra next season.

Harry assisted Tomáš Hanus, Music Director of WNO, on WNO's new production of Prokofiev's War and Peace last Autumn, and he will again be working on the production when WNO perform it at Covent Garden in July 2019. Harry made his debut with WNO conducting the orchestra for a concert at Saffron Hall in March 2019, and his first official engagement as Associate Conductor will be conducting a trio of Summer Opera Classics concerts in Wales featuring songs and arias from Norma to South Pacific, with soloists Joyce El Khouri (who recently sang Elisabetta in Rossini's Roberto Devereux with WNO, see my review) and Jason Howard.

This Autumn, Harry will again work alongside Tomáš as Assistant Conductor on WNO’s new production of Bizet’s Carmen. He will then return to conduct Carmen in Cardiff and on tour during the Spring 2020 season.

Harry was conductor for the Opera Holland Park young artists performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni in 2017 [see my review], and I interviewed him way back in 2013.

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