Salzburg Festival Announces Conductors Replacing Late Mariss Jansons in ‘Boris Godunov,’ Vienna Philharmonic Concerts

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

The Salzburg Festival has announced that conductor Tugan Sokhiev will make his company debut conducting Mussorgsky’s opera “Boris Godunov” in place of the late conductor Mariss Jansons.

The opera premieres on August 20 and is directed by Christof Loy.

Meanwhile, Franz Welser-Möst will now conduct the Vienna Philharmonic concerts on July 26 and 29, also replacing the late Latvian conductor.

Sokhiev is an Ossetian conductor. He has been music director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) for more than 10 years, is music director and conductor of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, and was music director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) through the 2015–16 season.

Sokhiev has led the Vienna Philharmonic (at the Lucerne Festival and for Mozart Week), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, and Bavarian Staatsoper Orchestra, among others.

His most recent engagements in the Bolshoi Theater included conducting operas “La bohème,” “Pique Dame,” “Così fan tutte,” “Carmen,” “Il Viaggio a Reims,” and “Boris Godunov,” among others.