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Kent to renew General Music Directorship in Hamburg until 2025

On 4 October 2017, the Aufsichtsrat of the Hamburg State Opera decided to renew the contracts of General Director Georges Delnon and General Music Director Kent Nagano by 5 years until 2025. Both have been working successfully on the profiles of the Hamburg State Opera and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg since 2015. The City of Hamburg will be supported by the Klaus-Michael Kühne Stiftung.

Kent Nagano mentioned in a statement about this contract renewal: “I am delighted and deeply honoured by the invitation of Stadt Hamburg, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester to continue the important work we have begun in furthering the prosperity, development and international presence of this great city as well as its renown, unique and profound, historic music tradition.“

Georges Delnon and Kent Nagano are directing the State Opera Hamburg and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg since season 2015/16. They significantly shaped the image of the music city Hamburg by productions just like La Passione in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the world premiere of „Arche“ by Jörg Widmann within the context of the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, the opera production of Lulu, which under the direction of Christoph Marthaler and Kent Nagano was just honored as “production of the year” by the renowned magazine Opernwelt, and recently with Achim Freyer’s celebrated Parsifal.

Next to enabling the continuation of such projects, it was agreed that the orchestra will be extended to 140 positions with the beginning of the new contract in season 2020/21. There will also be budgets for tours, recordings and productions.

The Klaus-Michael Kühne Stiftung supports the State Opera Hamburg in the renewal of Kent Nagano’s contract as the head of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and will provide 1 million EUR each year for five seasons, starting in 2018/19.

The Philharmonische Akademie will further be supported by means of the “Kultur- und Tourismustaxe” to keep presenting new and open concert formats, partly at unusual places, as recently in the Planetarium in Hamburg.