The man and the music
Conductor Donald Runnicles is the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival (Jackson, Wyoming), as well as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was recently named Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, having served as its Chief Conductor from 2009-2016. Maestro Runnicles enjoys close and enduring relationships with several of the most significant opera companies and orchestras, and is especially celebrated for his interpretations of Romantic and post-Romantic symphonic and opera repertoire which are core to his musical identity.
As General Music Director of Deutsche Oper since 2009, Mr. Runnicles has primary responsibility for the musical forces of this historic company which produces each season an average of twenty-five productions and more than two hundred performances. 2018-19 season highlights include conducting the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Oceane at the Deutsche Oper Berlin along with new productions of Berg’s Wozzeck and Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, and Strauss’ Elektra at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. On the symphonic stage, Runnicles returns to the Cincinnati, Dallas, and Toronto symphony orchestras and the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. This past summer, he conducted the complete Ring Cycle with the San Francisco Opera, and led the World Orchestra for Peace performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Proms.