Ulster Orchestra conductor Rustioni extends contract for one season
Daniele Rustioni – a rising star on the international music circuit – has extended his contract as conductor of the Ulster Orchestra.
Ustioni’s current contract ends this year, but the extension will allow him to plan for the 2022-23 season and lead a number of major gigs during that time.
Recently, Maestro Rustioni has received rave reviews for his work at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he has cemented his reputation as an outstanding international opera conductor.
Patrick McCarthy, Ulster Orchestra Head of Artistic Planning and Operations, said: “We are delighted that Daniele has decided to stay with us until next season. I am very proud of our orchestra’s association with this rising star, who enjoys a great worldwide reputation, and believe that he will become one of the superstar conductors on the world’s major concert stages.
“Daniele is very popular with our players and audiences. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, where we give her a platform to explore a wide range of symphonic repertoire unlike her operatic work, and we benefit from building a long-term relationship with world-class talent.
“We benefit him by giving him the opportunity to cover the entire symphonic repertoire to add to his immense skills as an opera conductor, but more importantly he benefits us immensely more as a conductor.”
Mr McCarthy is encouraged by advance booking for the current season which begins with a concert at Ulster Hall on Friday.
“We had good bookings over the Christmas period and I’m looking forward to the rest of our season. We started with a small crowd last fall, due to pandemic restrictions, but now we’re seeing that more and more people are coming to our concerts,” he said.
“I understand that some of our supporters are still a bit cautious about returning, but I’m confident that we will be able to get back to pre-pandemic viewing figures very soon.”
Some of the popular highlights of the upcoming season will feature music from Star Wars composer John Williams on January 29, as well as Showtime Musicals on March 6. One of the most anticipated events is the rescheduled concert Shaken Not Stirred: The Music of James Bond on April 2. All three concerts take place at the Waterfront Hall.
“The Bond concert was scheduled for April 2020 to coincide with the release of the latest Bond film but was postponed due to the pandemic,” Mr McCarthy said.
Upcoming soloists include Rustioni’s wife, Francesca Dego, a distinguished violinist in her own right. She will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on April 8.