Jakub Hrůša will step in at short notice to conduct Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at this summer’s Glyndebourne Festival.

Hailed as “magnificent” (The Times) and a “hero” (The Telegraph) for his conducting of Glyndebourne’s current production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Hrůša will now also lead the Festival’s celebrated production of Britten’s classic opera with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  He stands in for Kazushi Ono who has withdrawn from the production due to illness.

Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as “on the verge of greatness”, Hrůša is Chief Conductor Designate of Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

A regular conductor at Glyndebourne since his Festival debut in 2008, and Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour from 2010 to 2012, his recent work includes a new production of The Makropulos Case for the Vienna State Opera, Rusalka for Opéra National de Paris, and Il trittico for Frankfurt Opera.

The Lynne Hockney-directed revival of Peter Hall’s spellbinding production, called “one of the great operatic events of our time” by the Mail on Sunday and “a ravishing revival” by The Observer, stars Tim Mead (Oberon), Kathleen Kim (Tytania), Kate Royal (Helena), Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia) and Matthew Rose (Bottom).

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