Marie Jacquot appointed musical director of the Royal Danish Opera

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(Credit: Christian Jungwirth)

Marie Jacquot has been appointed musical director of the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, also known as the Royal Danish Opera. His five-year term is expected to begin in 2024.

The 31-year-old conductor will succeed Alexander Vedernikov, who served as director until 2020, when he died of complications from COVID-19.

The French musical director received the Ernst-Schuch Prize in 2019 and was nominated for the International Opera Awards in 2020. She first studied trombone in Paris before continuing her studies in Vienna and Weimar.

Jacquot studied with musical directors such as Simeos Pironkoff, Konrad Leitner, Erwin Ortner, Simon Rattle, Ralf Weikert, Zubin Mehta, Bertand De Billy and Fabio Luisi, among others.

Throughout her career, she has collaborated with ensembles such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Saatsoper Stuttgart, the MDR-Musiksommer, the Orchester Gürzenich de Cologne, the Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne, the Munich Radio Orchestra, among others. Among the highlights of his career to date, he conducted the world premiere of the opera “South Pole” and conducted a number of world premieres at the Munich Opera Festival.

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