Rory Macdonald makes debut at Oper Frankfurt with Così fan tutte
Rory Macdonald makes his debut with Oper Frankfurt this month, conducting six performances of Mozart Così fan tutte from 17 November 2017. The production is directed by Christof Loy and stars Juanita Lascarro, Cecelia Hall, Daniel Schmutzhard, Ben Bliss and Louise Alder.
Macdonald is a skilled interpreter of Mozart, including a critically acclaimed return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their new production of The Magic Flute last season:
"Taking over Lyric's Mozart wing from Andrew Davis, Scottish conductor Rory Macdonald led a crisp and nuanced performance, within often brisk tempos that did not crowd the singers, or on the other hand, allow the long Mozart line or rhythms to slacken. His interpretation drew on alert, well-balanced playing from the orchestra, and robust singing from director Michael Black's admirable chorus..."
"Lyric’s pit orchestra bring Mozart’s beloved score buoyantly to life under the sensitive baton of Rory MacDonald, who makes sure the action and energy never flag."
Chicago Sun Times
Also this month he joins BBC Radio Ulster in a studio performance and recording at Ulster Hall.
Rory Macdonald makes debut at Opera di Roma conducting Fra Diavolo
Rory Macdonald makes his debut at Opera di Roma this month, conducting Giorgio Barberio Corsetti's new production of Auber Fra Diavolo from 8 October 2017. The production runs throughout October, with Macdonald conducting the final performance on 21 October.
Elsewhere this month, Macdonald returns to the BBC Philharmonic for a studio performance of Delius Eventyr, Sibelius King Kristan II Suite and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with Pavel Kolesnikov.
Future highlights for Macdonald this season include Mozart Così fan tutte with Oper Frankfurt and tours with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Residentie Orkest.
Rory Macdonald returns to conduct the Hallé in Nottingham with Benedict Nelson
Rory Macdonald returns to conduct the Hallé in concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham on 27 May 2017. The programme for the concert features Elgar In the South, Op.50 'Alassio', Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist Andrew Tyson, and Walton Belshazzar's Feast for which he is joined by fellow Intermusica artist Benedict Nelson.
Click here to watch Macdonald conduct the Hallé in extracts of Sibelius En Saga.
The concert is Nelson's second performance of Belshezzar's Feast of the month. He also sings the work with the Southbank Sinfonia at the Royal Festival Hall on 17 May.
Rory Macdonald debuts with the Bremer Philharmoniker
Rory Macdonald begins the month in Bremen, where he conducts his debut concerts with the Bremer Philharmoniker on 3 and 4 April 2017.
Macdonald conducts an all-English programme of Tippett Concerto for Double String Orchestra, Walton Viola Concerto with Nils Mönkemeyer and Elgar Enigma Variations.
The performances in Bremen are the latest in a series of prominent debuts for Macdonald, which has also included first performances with the BBC Philharmonic and the Essen Philharmonic.
Rory Macdonald debuts with the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra
Rory Macdonald makes his debut with the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Philharmonie in Essen with two performances on 23 and 24 March 2017. The programme features Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 'Enigma' and Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 'Scottish'.
Previous performances of Elgar’s Enigma Variations have received high acclaim from critics:
“Rory Macdonald, making his RSNO conducting debut – which included a fresh, broad and unhurried account of Elgar’s Enigma Variations – had a deeply impressive command of the scale, shape, pace and flow of Beamish’s multi-section work, welding it into a gripping, if horrifying, entity.”
Macdonald's debut in Essen comes hard on the heels of his first concerts with the BBC Philharmonic, which took place on 3 March.
Rory Macdonald makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic
Rory Macdonald makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic this month, conducting the orchestra at Victoria Hall in Hanley on 3 March 2017. The programme features Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Elgar Cello Concerto, Kodály Dances of Galánta and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.
Macdonald then returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brighton Dome on 11 March, conducting a programme featuring Dvorák Symphonic Variations, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and Elgar Enigma Variations.
Rory Macdonald conducts new production of Die Zauberflöte at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Rory Macdonald returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago this month to conduct a new production of Mozart Die Zauberflöte, opening on 10 December 2016. Neil Armfield's new production stars Andrew Staples, Christiane Karg, Adam Plachetka and Christof Fischesser.
Macdonald's past performances of the opera with houses including Australian Opera and San Francisco Opera have received high acclaim from critics:
"Opera Australia’s version [of the Magic Flute], a reproduction of Julie Taymor’s Met staging... is a musical and visual extravaganza…The orchestra was ably directed by Rory Macdonald, with tight orchestration and consistent tempi. The splendour of the spectacle was certainly matched by the orchestra’s playing which projected well in the concert hall.”
“Conductor Rory Macdonald made a dynamic company debut, supplying much-needed momentum and lilting elegance in the sustained lines. The young Scot seems destined for a stellar career.”
Performances of Die Zauberflöte continue until 27 January.
Rory Macdonald makes debut in Lisbon with Carmen at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
Rory Macdonald makes his Lisbon debut this month when he conducts six performances of Bizet Carmen at Lisbon Opera, opening on 6 October 2016.
Macdonald conducts a cast of Sarah-Jane Brandon as Micaela, Lukhanyo Moyake as Don José, Nicholas Brownlee as Escamillo and Katarina Bradic in the title role.
Following his stint in Portugal, Macdonald returns to the United States to conduct Mozart Die Zauberflöte at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Rory Macdonald conducts Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera Theater of St Louis
Rory Macdonald travels to the United States this month to conduct Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opera Theater of St. Louis from 6 June 2016. Seán Curran's production stars Marjorie Owens, AJ Glueckert, So Young Park and Cecilia Hall.
This production wraps up Macdonald's main 16/17 season after a year of big debuts including the Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Opera Australia, Oper Stuttgart, San Diego Symphony and Vancouver Symphony, and returns to the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Queensland Symphony.
Ariadne auf Naxos runs until 24 June.
Rory Macdonald makes San Diego Symphony debut alongside Midori
Rory Macdonald travels to the US this month, where he makes his debut with the San Diego Symphony in three concerts on 1, 2 and 3 April 2016 at Jacobs Music Center. The concerts open with Dvorák The Noon Witch, Op.108, followed by Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major with soloist Midori and Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op.45.
The following week, Macdonald returns to Germany for two performances with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart at the Liederhalle on 10 & 11 April. These concerts include Mendelssohn Incidental Music from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ryan Wigglesworth Locke's Theatre and Elgar Falstaff: Symphonic Study.
At the end of the month, Macdonald travels to Brisbane for his return to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with whom he conducts a Morning Masterworks concert on 21 April and a Maestro concert on 23 April which will be recorded by ABC Classic FM for a deferred broadcast on 7 May. During these performances, Macdonald conducts Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D major, 'Classical', Ravel Piano Concerto in G major with soloist Louis Schwizgebel, Haydn Symphony No.88 in G major and Stravinsky The Firebird: Suite (1919 version).
Rory Macdonald conducts Russian programme in Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut
Rory Macdonald makes his debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this month, conducting two performances at the Orpheum Theatre and the Centennial Theatre on 5 and 7 March 2016. Both concerts feature the same programme, opening with Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon: Overture, followed by Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63 with soloist Angelo Xiang Yu. The second half of the programme features Stravinsky Divertimento and Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges: Symphonic Suite.
Rory Macdonald conducts the Royal Flemish Orchestra for the first time
Rory Macdonald makes his debut with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic this month, conducting two performances at the De Roma and deSingel in Antwerp on 6 and 7 February 2016. Macdonald’s programme opens with Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919 version) followed by Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez with soloist Jan Depreter and Janáček Taras Bulba in the second half of both concerts.
Later in the month, Macdonald travels to Japan for performances with two orchestras. Macdonald makes his debut with the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra at Izumi Hall, Osaka on 13 February, conducting a programme including Strauss Die Fledermaus: Overture, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with soloist Michie Koyama and Dvorák Symphony No.9, 'From the New World'. The following week, Macdonald returns to the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra for the third time, conducting two performances at Aichi Arts Center on 19 and 20 February. The programme for the two concerts includes Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, Martinů Oboe Concerto with soloist Ramón Ortega Quero and Dvorák Symphony No.8 in G major.
Rory Macdonald makes Opera Australia debut with Die Zauberflöte
Rory Macdonald makes his debut with Opera Australia on 30 December 2015. He conducts seven performances of Mozart Die Zauberflöte at the Sydney Opera House, during which he is joined by soloists including Taryn Fiebig, John Longmuir, Samuel Dundas, Hannah Dahlenburg and Daniel Sumegi.
Rory Macdonald returns to the Royal Concergebouw Orchestra
Following on from the huge success of Rory Macdonald’s performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the NCPA in Beijing and Sydney Opera House in November 2013, he returns to the orchestra this month for two education concerts at The Concertgebouw on 22 November.
Macdonald is joined on stage by narrator Jeroen Karmer, and he conducts a programme of Copland Jubilee Variation, Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Nick Woud Pepernoten and Debussy Nocturnes.
Rory Macdonald conducts two performances in Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return
Rory Macdonald returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for two performances this month. On 1 October, Macdonald conduct the orchestra at Hull City Hall and on 7 October at The Hexagon in Reading; both the opening concerts of the respective venues’ 2015/16 seasons. The programme includes Beethoven Fidelio Overture, Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Tasmin Little and Mendelssohn Symphony No.3, 'Scottish'.
Later in the month, Macdonald makes his debut with the Duisburger Philharmoniker, giving two performances at the Theater am Marientor on 28 and 29 October. Both concerts include Mozart Idomeneo Overture and Baltet Music, Weber Bassoon Concerto with Sebastian Stevensson, Wagner Siegfried Idyll and Schumann Overture, Scherzo and Finale in E major, Op.52.
Rory Macdonald tours China with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and makes debut with Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Rory Macdonald tours to China in August, where he conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in three concerts at the Shanghai Grand Theatre (1 August 2015), Beijing Concert Hall (5 August) and Tianjin Grand Theatre (6 August). Macdonald conducts a programme of Scottish Connections, which has been the theme for all NYOS orchestras this year, including Shostakovich Festive Overture, Chisholm Piano Concerto No.1 'Pìobaireachd' with soloist Danny Driver, and Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in E minor.
Following Macdonald’s trip to China, he travels to Brisbane where he makes his debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Macdonald and the orchestra give two performances at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on 13 and 15 August, where they perform Sibelius Karelia Overture, Sibelius Symphony No.7 and Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor with soloist Pinchas Zukerman.
Rory Macdonald returns to Cadogan Hall with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Rory Macdonald returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this month for four performances beginning on 28 May 2015 at Hull City Hall. Macdonald and the orchestra then continue on to Cambridge Corn Exchange (30 May), Royal & Derngate Northampton (31 May) and finish at London’s Cadogan Hall on 2 June. Macdonald and the RPO will be joined by pianist Freddy Kempf (Hull and Cambridge) and cellist Natalie Clein (Northampton and London) for a programme that features Sibelius Karelia Overture, Ravel Mother Goose Suite and Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919).
Rory Macdonald returns to Canadian Opera Company for Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rory Macdonald returns to the Canadian Opera Company this month to conduct twelve performances of Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia, in a new COC co-production with Houston Grand Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opera Australia. Following opening night on 17 April, there will be subsequent performances on 19, 21, 26, 29 April and 2, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19 and 22 May.
On his return from Toronto, Macdonald will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in four performances in Hull, Cambridge, Nottingham and London. At Hull City Hall (28 May) and Cambridge Corn Exchange (30 May), Macdonald and the orchestra will play a programme of Sibelius Karelia Overture, Grieg Piano Concerto with soloist Freddy Kempf, Ravel Ma mère l'oye and Stravinsky The Firebird. The programme for the subsequent two performances, at Royal Concert Hall Nottingham (31 May) and Cadogan Hall London (2 June), will see a performance of Dvorak Cello Concerto by soloist Natalie Clein.
Rory Macdonald makes his debut at Royal Danish Opera conducting Die Zauberflöte
Rory Macdonald makes his debut at the Royal Danish Opera when he conducts a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Opening on 15 January and running until 29 March, Macdonald will give 17 performances.
The new production is part of the Royal Danish Opera’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Soloists include Christof Fischesser, Stephen Milling and Burcu Uyar. Alternating at the podium are conductors Rory McDonald and Wolfgang Wengenroth.
Rory Macdonald makes Royal Scottish National Orchestra debut
This month Rory Macdonald makes his first appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, giving two concerts at Usher Hall, Edinburgh (7 November) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (8 November).
The concerts are part of commemorative activities marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, featuring Behind the Lines by Cecil Coles - who died in the trenches - and the Scottish premiere of Sally Beamish Equal Voices. Macdonald will also conduct Beethoven Coriolan Overture and Elgar Enigma Variations.
Click here to read an interview with Macdonald in the Herald about his RSNO debut.
Rory Macdonald conducts Carmen for Santa Fe Opera debut
After a production at Houston Grand Opera this spring, Rory Macdonald returns to the United States to make his debut with Santa Fe Opera this summer.
Macdonald conducts Bizet's Carmen, opening on 27 June. Directed by Stephen Lawless, the production will receive 12 performances.
Macdonald is joined by soloists including Daniela Mack and Ana María Martínez, who share the title role, Roberto De Biasio as Don José, Kostas Smoriginas as Escamillo and Joyce El-Khoury as Micaëla.
Rory Macdonald returns to Nagoya Philharmonic and makes debut with Vienna Konzerthaus
Having made his debut with the orchestra in April 2012, Rory Macdonald returns to the Nagoya Philharmonic to conduct two performances on 14 and 15 March at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theatre. The concerts include Wagner Siegfried Idyll and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with soloists Maria Forsstrom and Tetsuya Mochizuki.
The following week, Macdonald makes his debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus on 22 March, for which he conducts the Wiener KammerOrchester in a concert performance of Britten The Turn of the Screw. The cast will include Miah Persson, Mark Padmore, Angelika Kirchschlager and Cheryl Barker.
Rory Macdonald conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House
After conducting the orchestra at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing last month, Rory Macdonald took over the baton from Mariss Jansons at the interval of yesterday evening's concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
The concert marked the end of the orchestra's Asia and Australia section of its world tour, celebrating its 125th anniversary, with Macdonald conducting Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 and subsequent encores.
Click here to watch a video of the applause at the end of the concert.