Donald Runnicles
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1954-11-16
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Donald Runnicles

Donald Runnicles Biography (BBC)

Edinburgh-born Donald Runnicles has been Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since September 2009.

He also holds concurrent positions as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

His work with the BBC SSO includes performances throughout Scotland as well as regular appearances at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. He is one of today’s leading Wagnerians and recent projects have included new productions of Parsifal and Lohengrin with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as revivals of Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the complete Ring cycle. At last year’s BBC Proms he and the BBC SSO gave a highly successful concert performance of Tannhäuser. Works in Berlin this season include Falstaff, Don Carlo, Otello, The Damnation of Faust, Jenůfa and Billy Budd.

He maintains regular guest relationships with the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and North German Radio Symphony orchestras, and works closely with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he took on a tour of China in summer 2013. From 1992 to 2008 he was Music Director of the San Francisco Opera; highlights there included the world premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, and the US premiere of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise. At the close of his tenure he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honour.

Donald Runnicles recently recorded a CD of Wagner arias with tenor Jonas Kaufmann and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. His award-winning discography also contains Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Britten’s Billy Budd, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

Donald Runnicles was appointed OBE in 2004 and holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

For further information please visit: www.donaldrunnicles.com




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Johann Strauss II
An der schonen, blauen Donau - waltz Op.314 for orchestra with chorus ad lib.
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An der schonen, blauen Donau - waltz Op.314 for orchestra with chorus ad lib.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 9 in D minor Op.125 (Choral)
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Symphony no. 9 in D minor Op.125 (Choral)
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da requiem Op.20
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Sinfonia da requiem Op.20
Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
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Das Lied von der Erde
Toru Takemitsu
Requiem
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Requiem
Toru Takemitsu
A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden
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A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No 7 in E major (Scherzo)
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Symphony No 7 in E major (Scherzo)
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 8 in C minor
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Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
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Siegfried Idyll
Maurice Ravel
Bolero
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Bolero
Ludwig van Beethoven
Coriolan - overture Op.62
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Coriolan - overture Op.62
Richard Strauss
Don Juan, Op 20
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Don Juan, Op 20
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending for violin & orchestra
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The Lark Ascending for violin & orchestra
Claude Debussy
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
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Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
Thea Musgrave
Loch Ness - a postcard from Scotland for orchestra
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Loch Ness - a postcard from Scotland for orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem aeternam; Kyrie (Requiem in D minor, K 626)
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Requiem aeternam; Kyrie (Requiem in D minor, K 626)
Richard Strauss
4 Letzte Lieder for voice and orchestra (AV.150), September
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4 Letzte Lieder for voice and orchestra (AV.150), September
Richard Wagner
Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder)
Sir James MacMillan
The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (feat. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles)
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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (feat. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles)
Engelbert Humperdinck
Hansel & Gretel - "Abend will ich schlafen geh" and Dream Pantomime
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Hansel & Gretel - "Abend will ich schlafen geh" and Dream Pantomime
Peter Maxwell Davies
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
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An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
Richard Wagner
Frisch weht der Wind der Heimat zu [from Tristan und Isolde]
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Frisch weht der Wind der Heimat zu [from Tristan und Isolde]
Richard Strauss
Salome: Final scene
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Salome: Final scene
Richard Strauss
Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils
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Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils
Richard Wagner
Träume (Wesendonck Lieder arr Mottl)
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder arr Mottl)
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