Welsh National Opera Selects Associate Conductor

By Francisco Salazar

British conductor Harry Ogg is set to join the Welsh National Opera this Summer as WNO Associate Conductor in collaboration with the Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition after reaching the final of the Competition in London in 2018.

In a press statement, Ogg said, “I’m over the moon to be taking up this position with WNO.  Having worked here on two productions as an Assistant Conductor, to take up this position with a company that I feel so close to is very special for me. Young conductors often struggle to find the right opportunities to build up experience and within this position, I’ll be conducting a lot of performances as well as assisting as I already have done in the past.

“I find the musicians, directors, singers, music staff and technical staff at WNO truly inspiring. I can’t think of a better place to grow and develop.”

Ogg most recently worked with the WNO during Autumn 2018 when he assisted Music Director Tomáš Hanus on the Company’s production of “War and Peace,” and will work again with Tomáš when “War & Peace” is performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden this July.

He will also work alongside Hanus as Assistant Conductor on WNO’s new production of Bizet’s “Carmen” and will conduct that very opera in Cardiff and on tour in the spring of 2020.

Ogg recently won the second prize at the MDR Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition in Leipzig 2018 and was selected for the Deutsche Dirigentenforum the same year.