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Robin Ticciati named Glyndebourne music director

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Image caption Robin Ticciati is principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

British conductor Robin Ticciati is to become Glyndebourne Festival music director from January 2014.

The 28-year-old will take over from Vladimir Jurowski, who in 2001, aged 29, became the festival's youngest musical director.

Ticciati, who makes his debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera this year, will be the the seventh director in the festival's 77-year history.

He said Glyndebourne offered "unrivalled opportunities".

"Creating opera with such talented artistic teams and world class musicians in an organisation that places great emphasis on detailed musical preparation is a genuine privilege," he added.

Ticciati, who will be 31 when he takes over, is principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and balances orchestral and operatic performances.

This year he will be conducting The Marriage of Figaro at the Salzburg Festival and Don Giovanni in Glyndebourne.

Glyndebourne general director David Pickard said Ticciati would continue Glyndebourne's "long tradition of artistic excellence and innovation".

"None of us will forget the excitement when, as a 21-year-old assistant conductor on Die Zauberflote in 2004, Robin Ticciati stood in the pit at Glyndebourne for the first time and conducted the overture."

Those present at that rehearsal "were in no doubt of his exceptional talent", Mr Pickard added.

The Glyndebourne festival of opera, founded in 1934, presents six productions each year.

This year's festival, which runs from 21 May to 26 August, includes new productions of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and Handel's Rinaldo.

Glyndebourne on Tour, which Ticciati directed from 2007 to 2009, takes three productions around the UK each autumn.

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