Royal Swedish Opera Names Alan Gilbert Court Kapellmeister

By Francisco Salazar

The Royal Swedish Opera hs announced that Music Director Alan Gilbert has also been named Royal Court Kapellmeister.

The company said that “Alan Gilbert is a Swedish and American citizen and has been living with his family in Stockholm for many years. Court Kapellmeister is, like court singer and court dancer, an honorary title that H.M. The king distributes on proposals from the Royal Opera.”

In response to the title, Gilbert said, “I am deeply honored and grateful for the appointment as Court Kapellmeister from His Majesty the King. My musical work in Sweden is close to my heart, and I am so happy to receive such recognition for the close musical and personal connection I have to Sweden’s wonderful musicians.”

Gilbert was appointed Music Director of the Swedish Opera in 2021. Before that he served as chief conductor at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and music director at the New York Philharmonic. Gilbert has been Chief Conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra since fall 2019.