The Eutin Festival is on the verge of a historical caesura: for the first time since 1951 it will not present any performances on the lake stage in summer.
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Managing Director Falk Herzog explains: "Hilary Griffiths is very familiar to the Eutin audience: From 1991 to 2006 he was music director of the Eutin Festival, conducted over 200 performances on the sea stage, many gala evenings and also special concerts. Hilary Griffiths has made a lasting contribution to the Eutin Festival during his extremely successful tenure.
"We are delighted that he will be back with us at the conductor's podium in the coming season after last year's gala evening. It was the express wish of director Dominique Caron that Hilary Griffiths would be the musical director at Verdi's Masked Ball and again at the Gala Evening. We have gladly fulfilled this wish and are now looking forward to a fulfilling collaboration of our orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck, with such an experienced but at the same time still artistically fiery chief musician. The Eutiner Festspiele wish Hilary Griffiths all the best for the new year".
Hilary Griffiths was born in England. He studied mathematics in Oxford, music in London, Siena and Milan, and won several international conducting competitions. His first engagement led him to Cologne as Kapellmeister, where he conducted over 300 opera performances and became director of the Opera Studio. He then served as Music Director at the Theater Oberhausen, General Music Director of the City of Regensburg and Chief Conductor of the Prague State Opera, Professor at the Mannheim Academy of Music and Chief Conductor and Musical Director of the Wuppertal Theatres.
He has given concerts and opera performances in Berlin, Dresden, Hanover, Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, Dortmund, Bremen, Nuremberg and Basel as well as in Barcelona, the Hague, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Oslo, Reykjavik, Bogotá, Leeds and Tokyo, and at the festivals of Edinburgh, Camden, Schwetzingen, Wiesbaden, Würzburg, Gmunden, Prague, Litomyšl, Tenerife, Miskolc, Hong Kong, Perth and New York (Lincoln Center Festival).
In 2017 he conducted several symphony concerts, Rigoletto and Nabucco for the Prague State Opera, a new production of Otello with Willy Decker in Bogotá, Don Giovanni for the University of Georgia, U.S.A. and Il barbiere di Siviglia for English National Opera in London. In 2019 he returns to the Cologne Opera with My Fair Lady, and the biography of Hilary Griffiths can be found on the homepage of Hilary Griffiths (www.hilarygriffiths.com/de/biographie).
Colourful entertainment, great emotions - this is the enormous emotional range promised by director Tobias Materna for the production of the musical "A Cage Full of Fools" at the Eutin Festival.
The Korean baritone Hyunkyum Kim won the Eutin Festival prize of honour. Hilary Griffiths, Artistic Director Classical Music at the Festival, congratulated the 28-year-old singer on this success in the finale of the Maritim Music Prize.