QSO's Music Director Alondra de la Parra to take the baton at the Staatsoper Berlin

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Alondra de la Parra will replace the incapacitated Franz Welser-Möst in conducting a new production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at the prestigious Staatsoper Berlin.

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QSO's Music Director Alondra de la Parra to take the baton at the Staatsoper Berlin

QSO Chief Executive Craig Whitehead said this was an extraordinary career opportunity for Maestra de la Parra and the entire company was thrilled for her, and delighted with the role that the QSO had played in her extraordinary talent being recognised internationally.

“In accepting this position at the Staatsoper Berlin, unfortunately Maestra de la Parra will be unable to conduct the QSO’s opening Maestro Series concert on February 16, however, we look forward to announcing a world class replacement for Maestra de la Parra in the coming week,” he said.

On the announcement Maestra de la Parra said, “I thank the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for supporting me in taking up this opportunity, and I look forward to being back with them, the audience and the people of Brisbane in August. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to make you all proud.”

QSO Chair Chris Freeman said the Orchestra was thrilled for Maestra de la Parra, with the invitation a reflection of her international standing. “We could not be happier for our Music Director, to be flying the flag for Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, the capital of classical music.”

He said QSO was readying to welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis as Artist-in-Residence for the opening Maestro Series concert, titledHeavenly.

“Soloist for the concert and QSO Artist-in-Residence Paul Lewis is one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century and follows the applauded residency last year ofSergio Tiempo. Paul is an exceptional pianist with a renowned international reputation and is a specialist in the music of the great masters, particularly Beethoven and Mozart. He has a long touring history in Australia, but this year will be his debut with Queensland Symphony Orchestra,” said Mr Freeman.

“In February Queensland Symphony Orchestra will indeed be making headlines in both hemispheres!”

Mr Freeman said Season 2019 was set to be outstanding and would be a 12-month celebration.

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