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Rave Reviews for Figaro

The premiere of Opera North’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Alexander Shelley and directed by Jo Davies has received rave reviews. Telegraph critic Rupert Christiansen gave the production 5 stars, describing it as “exceptional” and remarking...“for pure enjoyment, what more can opera offer?”Richard Morrison of The Times awarded 4 stars: 
“Wittily directed by Jo Davies, crisply conducted by Alexander Shelley, and full of newcomers [...] who prove to have winning stage personas, Opera North’s new Figaro will give a lot of pleasure in its travels this spring” and...

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Shelley named Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra today announced Alexander Shelley as their new Principal Associate Conductor. Shelley assumes the title immediately and will curate and conduct a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall each season.The RPO press-release says:The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Alexander Shelley, ‘a conductor of superlative gifts’, as its new Principal Associate Conductor. Already appointed as Music Director-designate of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, he will join the select list...

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New Year’s Eve in Berlin

As in 2013, Alexander Shelley leads the New Year celebrations at Berlin’s Konzerthaus with a gala “Silvesterkonzert” on the evening of December 31st, followed by an afternoon concert on January 1st, to welcome in 2015. Both concerts have been sold out for several months and mark Shelley’s return to the Konzerthaus orchestra after a space of two years. Shelley will be joined by regular collaborator, the star coloratura soprano Simone Kermes for a programme containing some of the great overtures and arias of the opera repertoire. For further programme information and availability of returns,...

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