Oper Graz Announces New Chief Conductor

By David Salazar

Oper Graz has appointed Vassilis Christopoulos to the position of Chief Conductor. He will commence his tenure during the 2023-24 season.

He will take over for Roland Kluttig, who is set to step down at the end of the current season.

A fixture at the Greek National Opera where he has led productions of such operas as “Tosca,” “Serse,” “La Traviata,” “The Murderess,” “Wozzeck,” “Elektra,” and “Lady Macbeth of Mstensk,” among others, Christopoulos recently led a production of the ballet “Undine” at Oper Graz between March and May of 2022.

The Greek conductor has served as Artistic Director of the Athens State Orchestra from 2011-14, as the Chief Conductor of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra between 2005-15, and was appointed Professor of Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt in 2016. He also made his debut in 2022, leading a production of “Eugene Onegin” at San Francisco Opera.

Additionally, he was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic in 2013.