The Deutsche Oper am Rhein has announced the appointment of Vitali Alekseenok as its new chief conductor. Hailing from Belarus and at the age of 32, Alekseenok will assume the position starting in the 2024-25 season, succeeding Axel Kober, who did not renew his contract after serving as General Music Director for 15 seasons.
Alekseenok made his conducting debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein approximately a year ago and was subsequently appointed as Kapellmeister for the 2022-23 season. During this period, he led performances of notable works such as Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel," and Puccini's operas "Tosca" and "Turandot."
Beginning in August 2023, Alekseenok will initially work closely with Axel Kober as the First Kapellmeister and Deputy General Music Director before assuming the role of Chief Conductor for three seasons starting in August 2024.
Expressing his enthusiasm for the opportunity, Alekseenok stated, “Working at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein with its two venues, the two first-class orchestras, the large ensemble, and the repertoire of pieces offers me special experiences and great development opportunities. I feel very comfortable here, challenged in the best sense of the word, and am really looking forward to taking on more responsibility.”