Most conductors are capable of rising to the great Straussian moments; what’s remarkable is the attentive detail with which Markovic invests the incidental passages where inspiration often flags. The pathos he infuses into the wordless passage in which the Marschallin prepares morning coffee reminds you that it is the last time she and her young lover will ever rise together from the same bed. On this evidence I can’t wait to hear what he does with Mozart.
Aleksandar Markovic was Music Director of Opera North for the 2016-17 season, following on from very successful positions as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (2009-15), and Chief Conductor of the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck (2005-08).
Orchestral appearances have included the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Munich Radio Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the Qatar Symphony Orchestra. During the 2016-17 season he made debuts with the Malmö Symphony, and the Huddersfield Choral Society, and returned to the Brno Philharmonic for concerts both in Brno and at the Vienna Konzerthaus. He will make his debut at Seattle Opera in January 2020 with Eugene Onegin.