Birmingham Opera Company has appointed Alpesh Chauhan as their Music Director from July 2020. Standing alongside Artistic Director Graham Vick, Alpesh will lead the Company in its ground-breaking work involving the local community and attracting new audiences for innovative and world-class opera performances.
Alpesh first joined Birmingham Opera for a production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Birmingham’s Tower Ballroom, a disused former nightclub, in March 2019. The production was later awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Award for Opera and Music Theatre.
On the appointment, Alpesh comments: “It’s a huge privilege for me to take up the post of Music Director at the Birmingham Opera Company. Following the success of last year’s project – Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – I’m particularly excited to work more alongside Graham Vick – one of the world’s greatest opera directors. It’ll be an honour to stand at the front of this special organisation which combines its massed forces to be a shining beacon for Birmingham. Growing up in Birmingham gave me the best of musical starts – being immersed in a city of culture at the highest level – and I’m now extremely happy to be a regular contributor to the city’s glowing cultural output. I am especially delighted to be a part of an organisation such as BOC which constantly thinks outside of the box with its totally immersive performances, successfully broadening the opera audience.”
More information on the Birmingham Opera Company website.