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American Conductor James Gaffigan Announces 2022-2023 Season Highlights

August 3, 2022 | By Katy Salomon
VP, Public Relations

Katy Salomon | Primo Artists | VP, Public Relations 
katy@primoartists.com | 212.837.8466 

American Conductor James Gaffigan
Announces 2022-2023 Season Highlights

Uniquely Poised with Music Directorships at Two International Opera Houses:
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia and Komische Oper Berlin 

Titled Roles with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 
and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera

Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl,
National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester

“Gaffigan exudes enthusiasm, energy, competence
and good vibes on the podium.” – Beckmesser


New York, NY (August 3, 2022) – Recognized worldwide for his natural ease and extraordinary collaborative spirit, American conductor James Gaffigan has attracted international attention for his equitable prowess as both a conductor of symphony orchestras and opera. With numerous appointments and guest engagements throughout Europe and North America, Gaffigan is known for empowering and nurturing artists and ensembles to cultivate the highest art possible. 

In the 2022/23 season, James Gaffigan leads productions of La Bohème and Tristan und Isolde at Valencia’s Les ArtsLa Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera, and Tristan und Isolde at Santa Fe Opera. Symphonically, he returns to the National Symphony Orchestra on two programs, directs the Orchestre de Paris in the French premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Concerto in D with Nicola Benedetti, returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, makes his debut with the Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo, reunites with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, and leads programs in his titled roles at the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

Gaffigan is uniquely poised with Music Directorships at two international opera houses. In addition to serving as Music Director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Spain, James Gaffigan is newly appointed General Music Director of Komische Oper Berlin, a post that commences from the 2023/2024 season. As Designated General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin during the 2022/23 season, Gaffigan will lead two special concerts: a New Year’s program on HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! and a program featuring the world premiere of a new work by Sven Daigger, a piece that will be used for outreach in Berlin schools, showcasing Gaffigan and the Komische Opera’s commitment to building and investing in young audiences and presenting unflinchingly relevant and inclusive programming.

He serves as Principal Guest Conductor of both the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is in his ninth and final season, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera, as well as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. In June 2021, Gaffigan finished his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, a position he held for 10 years during which he raised the orchestra’s international profile with highly successful recordings and tours abroad.

Following concert performances of Kaija Saariaho, as well a production of Tristan und Isolde, at Santa Fe Opera, Gaffigan begins his season on September 1, 2, and 3, 2022 leading Valencia’s Les Arts in works by Óscar Esplá, Mozart, and Schumann.

He then travels to Los Angeles to lead the LA Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Wynton Marsalis’s All Rise, a Blues-inspired piece encouraging togetherness, on September 8, 2022. 

On September 15, 17, and 18, 2022, Gaffigan returns to lead the National Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Kennedy Center with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, which premiered 51 years ago at the Center’s 1971 opening gala. The role of the Celebrant will be performed by baritone Will Liverman. 

Gaffigan then travels back to Europe for a September 29, 2022 concert of Mozart, Anders Hillborg, and Hindemith with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

On October 8, 2022, James Gaffigan joins forces with Norwegian soprano and close collaborator Lise Davidsen for a special performance of works of Verdi, Von Weber, and Wagner with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Back at home in Oslo, Gaffigan directs the Norwegian National Ballet from October 14-23, 2022 in performances of world premiere ballets set to music by Ravel, Debussy and Chopin by four up-and-coming choreographers.

On October 29, 2022, James Gaffigan makes his debut at the Teatro di San Carlo in Italy, conducting the orchestra in Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano, and Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony.

He leads the Valencia Opera’s Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana in a symphonic program of works by Oscar Esplá, Bernstein, and Prokófiev on November 11, 2022, followed by the opera company’s production of La Bohème from December 9-23, 2022.

On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2023, Gaffigan conducts the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and actor Max Hopp in a wild introduction to the New Year, from Haydn's Chaos from Creation to HK Gruber's Frankenstein!!.

Gaffigan leads the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn and Bartók on January 12, 2023 and then returns to the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic on January 20, 22, and 28, 2023, culminating his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor.

Gaffigan returns to the National Symphony Orchestra for performances on February 2 and 4, 2023 with pianist Beatrice Rana in her NSO debut. The program will feature the Ballet Music from Mozart’s Idomeneo, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7.

Back in Spain, Gaffigan leads the Valencia Opera orchestra on February 10 and 11, 2023 in Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2 with soprano Sydney Mancasola and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

On February 24, 2023, James Gaffigan leads the Komische Oper Berlin orchestra in works by Lukas Foss, Paul Hindemith, Samuel Barber, and a world premiere commission by German composer Sven Daigger.

The Luzerner Sinfonieorchester welcomes Gaffigan back for concerts on March 8 and 9, 2023 that feature the Swiss premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel Symphony and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The performance marks his first appearance following his tenure as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor.

He leads Valencia Opera’s production of Tristan und Isolde from April 20-May 3, 2023, before returning to the United States to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging of La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera from May 26-June 9, 2023. The La Bohème cast features Susanna Phillips (Mimi), Latonia Moore (Musetta), Charles Castronovo (Rodolfo), and Quinn Kelsey (Marcello).

Gaffigan returns to the Orchestre de Paris on June 13 and 14, 2023, leading a large ensemble that features New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the French premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Concerto in D with Nicola Benedetti, the violinist for whom it was written, and Marsalis’ Jungle Symphony. 

From July 20-30, 2023, Gaffigan leads the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra as Music Director.

Gaffigan 2022-2023 Season Calendar
September 1-3, 2022
Les Arts Valencia
Valencia, Spain

September 8, 2022
Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl 
Los Angeles, California

September 15-18, 2022
National Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS 
Washington D.C.

September 29, 2022
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Trondheim, Norway

October 8, 2022
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Lise Davidsen 
Amsterdam, Netherlands

October 14-23, 2022
Norwegian Ballet
Oslo, Norway

October 29, 2022
Teatro di San Carlo
Naples, Italy

November 11, 2022
Valencia Opera (Symphonic)
Valencia, Spain

December 9-23, 2022
Valencia Opera La Bohème
Valencia, Spain

January 1, 2023
Komische Oper New Year’s Concert
Berlin, Germany

January 12, 2023
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Trondheim, Norway

January 20, 2023
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Utrecht, Netherlands

January 22, 2023
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Amsterdam, Netherlands

January 28, 2023
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Amsterdam, Netherlands

February 2-4, 2023
National Symphony Orchestra with Beatrice Rana
Washington, D.C.

February 10-11, 2023
Valencia Opera (Symphonic)
Valencia, Spain

February 24, 2023
Komische Oper Berlin (Symphonic)
Berlin, Germany

March 8-9, 2023
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
Lucerne, Switzerland

April 20-May 3, 2023
Valencia Opera Tristan und Isolde
Valencia, Spain

May 26-June 9, 2023
Metropolitan Opera La Bohème
New York, New York

June 13-14, 2023
Orchestre de Paris with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Paris, France

July 20-30, 2023
Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra
Verbier, Switzerland

More About James Gaffigan
Recent orchestral appearances include Staatskapelle Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. In North America, Gaffigan regularly works with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra among others.

A regular at the Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, and Opéra National de Paris, Gaffigan has also conducted the Zürich Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Dutch National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Santa Fe Opera.

James Gaffigan was First Prize winner of the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, which opened Europe’s doors to this young American. In 2009, he completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, a position created for him by Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that, he was Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he worked with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst. Gaffigan is an alumni of the Aspen Music Festival’s Conducting Academy and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Passionate about music education and a product of the New York City public school system, James Gaffigan grew up in New York City and studied at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art before pursuing his conducting studies. He believes that access to music education is the method by which America’s concert halls will finally begin to reflect our community and shrink the racial and gender gaps that currently exist in performing arts today. Learn more at www.jamesgaffigan.com

*Photo Credit: Miguel Lorenzo

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