Royal Danish Opera Appoints Paolo Carignani New Chief Guest Conductor

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
Credit: Bayerische Staatsoper official website

The Royal Danish Opera has announced that Italian conductor Paolo Carignani has been appointed the new Chief Guest Conductor, starting in the 2021-22 season. The contract will last for three years.

Carignani will replace the late conductor Alexander Vedernikov in his new position.

“Paolo has gained great recognition as a conductor at the Royal Theater for several years. That has been very prominent during recent productions of Verdi’s operas ‘Simon Boccanegra’ and ‘Il Trovatore.’ We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Paolo, who is a wonderful conductor and musician especially in the Italian repertoire, which is such a central part of our artistic vision, “said Royal Danish Opera director John Fulljames.

Paolo Carignani has recently conducted Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Opera Vlaanderen, “Otello” and “Nabucco” at the Staatsoper Hamburg, “Un Ballo in Maschera” and “Rigoletto” at the Bayerische Staatsoper, “Simon Boccanegra” at the Wiener Staatsoper, and Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Opernhaus Zürich, among others.

Carignani is slated to make his debut in the new position by conducting the new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” on Jan. 30, 2021.