JAN LATHAM-KOENIG, Chief Conductor, Head of the Novaya Opera Artistic
Board.Jan Latham-Koenig studied at the Royal College of Music in London
and started his career as a pianist. But in 1982, he decided to devote
himself wholly to conducting. He performed with all the leading European
orchestras. From 1989 to 1992, he was music director of the Orchestra
of Porto, which he founded at the request of the Portuguese government.
In 1988, he made a sensational debut as an opera conductor with Macbeth
at the Vienna State Opera and became its permanent guest conductor from
1991, giving about one hundred performances. He now regularly conducts
in the world’s leading opera houses, including Covent Garden, the Opèra
National Paris-Bastille and the operas of Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Lisbon
and Santiago in Chile.
Jan Latham-Koenig was Music Director of both the Orchestre Philharmonique
de Strasbourg and Opéra National du Rhin from 1997 to 2002. In 2005,
he was appointed Music Director at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He
is the first British conductor to hold such a post at one of the major
Italian theatres, though he previously held the position of Principal
Guest Conductor of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the 1990’s. Jan
Latham-Koenig is greatly in demand as a guest conductor. He has appeared
with orchestras world-wide and performs regularly in Italy, including
with the orchestras of the Teatro Comunale in Florence, RAI Turin and
the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
From 2007 to 2010 Jan Latham-Koenig was Music Director at the Teatro
Municipal of Santiago in Chile. In different years he enjoyed directorship
with the Wrocław Symphony Orchestra in Poland, the “Wratislavia Cantans”
International Festival, artistic directorship of the Cantiere Internazionale
d’Arte di Montepulciano and of the Young Janacek Philharmonic; he was
also Principal Guest Conductor of the Filarmonica del Teatro Regio in
Turin. Since 2012, he has been Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica
de la UNAM in Mexico City and since 2013, Artistic Director of the Flanders
Symphony Orchestra in Bruges (Belgium). Jan Latham-Koenig started to
work with the Novaya Opera Theatre in 2008 when he participated in the
production of Wagner’s Lohengrin. In April 2011, he was appointed Chief
Conductor of the Novaya Opera Theatre. Since March 2013 he has been
acting as the Head of the Artistic Board.
Jan Latham-Koenig is the Music Director of Wagner’s Lohengrin and
Tristan und Isolde, Verdi's Il trovatore, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges,
Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro/and Strauss’ /Salome. Also, he conducts
Verdi’s Nabucco and / Rigoletto/ and Borodin’s Prince Igor. In January
2010, Jan Latham-Koenig conducted Britten’s War Requiem during the 6th
Epiphany Week International Festival. In January 2014, he conducted
Walton's suites from the incidental music to Laurence Olivier's films
Henry V and Hamlet and Mendelssohn's incidental music to Shakespeare's
A Midsummer Night's Dream during the Epiphany Festival at Novaya Opera.
In August 2014, the maestro conducted Britten's The Turn of the Screw
(production of the Northern Ireland Opera) during the UK/Russia Year
Jan Latham-Koenig has participated in the Novaya Opera's tours in
Israel (the Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv), the UK (English National Opera,
London) and Germany (International May Festival in Wiesbaden).