EU Opera (in co-operation with Karsten Witt Musik Management Berlin)
American conductor Steven Sloane is a versatile and dedicated musician. A visionary, Sloane’s extraordinarily creative concepts have garnered him respect in artistic circles, as well as in the realm of cultural politics. A student of Eugene Ormandy, Franco Ferrara and Gary Bertini, he has served as Music Director of the Spoleto Festival USA and of Opera North in Leeds. He also served as music director of the American Composers Orchestra and principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (2007-2013). Steven Sloane is a frequent guest with prestigious orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Beginning in the 2018/19 season Steven Sloane has been named Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Malmö Opera, where he will feature in the opening of the concert season with Gershwin and Bernstein in September 2018 as well as in a new production of the Flying Dutchman to be premiered in February 2019. This season will also see him return to the Spoleto Festival in May 2019 for a new production of Salome.

As the long-term General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony, which he transformed into one of Germany’s leading orchestras, Steven Sloane pushed forward the building of the orchestra’s own music centre, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. It was inaugurated in October 2016 to international acclaim. Latest musical achievements with the orchestra have included a tour with Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 to the Tongyeong Festival 2018 in South Korea and staged concert performances of Hans Werner Henze’s Floß der Medusa at the RuhrTriennale festival. A highlight of the current season in Bochum will be a thematic focus on the role of Kundry in performances of Wagner’s Parsifal.

A sought-after opera conductor, Steven Sloane’s engagements have taken him to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Le Nozze di Figaro), Los Angeles Opera (Goldenthal: Grendel), San Francisco Opera (Wallace: Bonesetter’s Daughter), Royal Danish Opera (Madama Butterfly), Houston Grand Opera (The Makropulos Case, The Magic Flute), Welsh National Opera (Iphigenie en in Tauride), Deutsche Oper Berlin (The Love for Three Oranges: Prokofiev) Stuttgart Opera (Macbeth), as well as to festivals in Hong Kong (Salome), Santa Fe (Katja Kabanova), Edinburgh (Genoveva), Salzburg (Feldman: Neither) and New York (Lincoln Center Festival with Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten).

Recent opera highlights include a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the outstanding Berlin premiere of Aribert Reimann’s Medea at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2017 as well as Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at the Frankfurt Opera.

Education and promoting young musicians have always been of great importance to Steven Sloane. He has regularly conducted youth orchestras such as Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Bundesjugendorchester and Young Israel Philharmonic, and since 2013 has served as professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, where he has founded the International Conducting Academy Berlin.

Alexandre Tansman: Klavierkonzert Nr.2

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio
FranceDavid Greilsammer, piano
Steven Sloane, cond
Naive (6339660)

Frank Martin: Petite Symphonie Concertante

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Oliemans, baritone
Steven Sloane, cond
Suite aus "Der Sturm", 6 Monologe aus "Jedermann"
MDG (1527561)

Hans Werner Henze: Requiem

Bochumer Symphoniker
Steven Sloane, cond
with Reinhold Friedrich, Dimitri Vassilakis
Cybele (6139970)

Alexander Glasunow: Violinkonzert op.82

Bochumer Symphoniker
Philippe Quint, violin
Steven Sloane, cond
Avanti (2553731)

Orchesterlieder von Mahler & Rihm

Bochumer Symphoniker
Christoph Pregardien, tenor
Steven Sloane, cond
CPO (4561519)

Robin de Raaff: Waiting for Miss Monroe

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Steven Sloane, cond
with Laura Aikin, Dale Duesing, Helena Rasker, Maria Kowan
Challenge (8327491)

George Antheil: The Brothers (Oper in 1 Akt)

Bochumer Symphoniker
Steven Sloane, cond
with Rebecca Nelsen, Ray M. Wade, William Dazeley, Piotr Prochera et al
CPO (7556162)

Ernest Bloch: Baal-Shem für Violine & Orchester

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Steven Sloane, cond
with Christiane Oelze, Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann
Capriccio (1040775)

Joseph Marx: Klavierkonzerte

Bochumer Symphoniker
David Lively, piano
Steven Sloane, cond
Naxos (9143817)

Joseph Marx: Orchesterlieder

Bochumer Symphoniker
Steven Sloane, cond
with Angela Maria Blasi,, Stella Doufexis
Naxos (8987482)

Joseph Marx: Orchesterwerke Vol.1 "Natur-Trilogie"

Bochumer Symphoniker
Steven Sloane, cond
Naxos (8804985)

Joseph Marx: Orchesterwerke Vol.2 "Alt-Wiener Serenaden"

Bochumer Symphoniker
Steven Sloane, cond
Naxos (8917430)

Antje Weithaas spielt Violinkonzerte

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Antje Weithaas, violin
Steven Sloane, cond
CAvi (3424877)
L.van Beethoven: Violinkonzert op. 61, A.Berg: Violinkonzert “Dem Andenken eines Engels”

Ernest Bloch: Poemes d'automne für Mezzosopran & Orchester

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Steven Sloane, cond
with Sophie Koch, Tabea Zimmermann, Reinhold Friedrich
Capriccio (1268869)
"This was surely one of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra’s finest hours. The 88 musicians [...] played [...] under the direction of Steven Sloane, who managed [...] powerful dynamics and propulsive tempi without [...] overwhelming his young principal singers.", Spoleto Festival - R. Strauss, Salome, June 2019
"Lotte de Beer deutet in Malmö Wagners "Fliegenden Holländer" als ein Stück über weibliche Selbstbestimmung.Steven Sloane liefert dazu packende Klangbilder."
"[...] Besonders deutlich wird das [...] im dritten Aufzug. Wie ein Tornado fegt die E-Dur-Introduktion durch das weite Rund; Steven Sloane hat anscheinend alle Energie aufgespart für diesen wildwuchernden, ungestümen, ja ungeschlachten Beginn. Nun treibt er sein Orchester mit (natürlich nur imaginären) Peitschenhieben durch die Partitur [...]."
Opernwelt, Malmö Opera - R. Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, March 2019
"The house orchestra, under guest conductor Steven Sloane, executes the score's broad palette of textures with impressive attention to nuance and balance [...]."
Financial Times (online), Aribert Reimann, Medea, Komische Oper Berlin, May 2017
"[...] Steven Sloane sorgt für eine durchwegs spannungsreiche Umsetzung von Reimanns Partitur."
NMZ, Aribert Reimann, Medea, Komische Oper Berlin, May 2017
"Grandios auch, wie Dirigent Steven Sloane die Kommunikation mit den Solisten koordiniert, das auf den ersten Höreindruck scheinbar Unvereinbare zusammenzwingt, zwei volle Stunden lang."
Tagesspiegel, Aribert Reimann, Medea, Komische Oper Berlin, May 2017
"Steven Sloane dirigiert das riesige Orchester der Komischen Oper kongenial."
BR Klassik, Aribert Reimann, Medea, Komische Oper Berlin, May 2017
"Am Pult des Orchesters der Komischen Oper steht Steven Sloane und entfacht nicht nur die üppigen Tonmalereien dieser Partitur, ihre Feuersbrünste, die Bläser-Melodien Medeas, den Blechbläserpomp Kreons oder die Harfen-Celesta-Spiele Kreusas. Er zeigt auch, wie virtuos eins aus dem anderen hervorgeht."
Berliner Zeitung, Aribert Reimann, Medea, Komische Oper Berlin, May 2017

Steven Sloane

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Steven Sloane

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