Marin Alsop has been announced as the conductor for the 2013 Last Night of the BBC Proms. Taking place at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 7 September 2013, and televised worldwide, Marin will make history as the first female conductor to ever conduct the Last Night.
Marin will also conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in another Prom, making her one of the few conductors to appear more than once this year.
On finding out she was going to be conducting the Last Night, Marin said:
“As an American, I am doubly excited to be invited to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, since it is such a quintessentially British occasion. I have felt at home from the first moment I conducted in the UK. I always enjoy working with the British orchestral musicians and I’m particularly looking forward to interacting with the audience, who play such a crucial role in making this a night that is utterly unique and special. It is a great honor that I know will be a highlight for me.”
Marin is no stranger to making musical history, not least when in 2005 she became the first female music director of a major American orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony, and in 2012 combined that role with being Chief Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Marin brought her São Paulo musicians on a European tour last year that included a televised Prom, making them the first Brazilian orchestra to appear at the Proms. Marin returns to Europe with the São Paulo Symphony this October for a tour that includes London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich and Geneva.
For the Last Night of the Proms Marin will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus in a wide ranging programme that includes the world premiere of a new work by Anne Clyne. Soloists performing with Marin are star opera singer Joyce DiDonato and Nigel Kennedy.
Full details at www.bbc.co.uk/proms