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Conducting Janáček, Stravinsky and Salonen

A conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen — By Marion Mirande

Principal conductor of the London Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen is directing the Paris Opera Orchestra in Janáček's From the House of the Dead, performed in Patrice Chéreau's staging. He conducted this production (created in Vienna in 2007) at its first outing in America at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 2009, and in Italy at La Scala, Milan in 2010. He recently demonstrated his prowess as both conductor and composer at the Palais Garnier with the Paris Opera Ballet, when he conducted his own music in performances of Grand Miroir, a new choreography by Saburo Teshigawara to his Violin Concerto, as well as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Agon in choreographies by Pina Bausch and George Balanchine. 


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