Staatsoper Stuttgart Extends Manuel Pujol’s Contract as Choir Director

By Chris Ruel

Staatsoper Stuttgart has extended Choir Master Manuel Pujol’s contract as Choir Director until 2029.

Since the 2018-19 season, Pujol has led rehearsals for new productions of “Lohengrin,” “The Love for Three Oranges,” “Nixon in China,” “Iphigénie en Tauride,” “Mefistofele,” “Don Carlos,” “Boris,” and “Demo(cracy).”

During the current season, he has prepared the Staatsopernchor for a new production of “Götterdämmerung,” conducted the New Year’s Concert, and prepared the choir for performances of Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony” and Stravinsky’s “Palm Symphony.”

“It is with great pleasure that I receive the news that Manuel Pujol has accepted the offer of contract extension. The Stuttgart State Opera Choir and he are united in artistic excellence, which has been admired many and many times. I myself could not wish for any other partner by my side than the wonderful Manuel Pujol,” said General Music Director Cornelius Meister, in a press review.

Under his guidance, Opernwelt voted the choir “Chor of the Year” for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

Pujol served as the choir director for six seasons and the Kapellmeister at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater Gorlitz-Zittau. He has led guest performances at the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie, the Elbland-Philharmonie-Sachsen, and the Nordbohmische Filharmonie Teplice.