After a long waiting process (and having no more nails to bite with the anticipation!), the news have finally broken out regarding what will be my biggest and most exciting challenge up to date: being the next Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Based in Birmingham, the ASO is in a class of its own within the state, and since the first notes we rehearsed together I felt a great connection with them. This is an ensemble that is able to perform the monumental standard works with both aplomb and finesse, whilst also approaching new works with a great deal of skill and fresh curiosity. Together with their highly efficient administration and very friendly group of board members and supporters, they expressed their desire to keep building on what is already a very solid foundation. I thus look forward to working in this team, striving always to touch the hearts of our audience and community!
There have been some great reviews of Thérèse & La Navarraise, a double bill of short masterworks by the great Jules Massenet that was broadcast worldwide to over a million people. Here’s what the British and Irish press had to say about my work in the pit, leading the Wexford Festival Orchestra:
"Outstanding double bill of one-acters ‘Thérèse’ and ‘La Navarraise’ from Jules Massenet, interpreted with nuanced sensitivity and well measured freedom by Carlos Izcaray at the podium."
OPERNWELT, December Magazine 2013.
“Carlos Izcaray lead things powerfully from the pit: the score glistened.” Roderic Dunnett - THE ARTS DESK, Nov. 3rd 2013.
“In the pit, Carlos Izcaray conducted with control, verve and attention to detail; the lyrical stream of melody was complemented by timbral bite and dynamic punch.” Claire Seymour - OPERA TODAY, Oct. 31st 2013.
“Conductor Carlos Izcaray draws drama and finesse from his attentive festival band and chorus.” Pat O’Kelly - IRISH INDEPENDENT, O...