Scottish Opera has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak will join the company as its music director in August, taking over from Francesco Corti.
Joel-Hornak said he was ‘extremely proud and honoured’ to take up the role. He has previously worked with Scottish Opera on Hansel and Gretel (2012) and La traviata (2008-9) and has worked internationally with Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, L’Opéra de Paris-Bastille, Opera Australia, at the Aix-en -Provence Festival, and with ENO.
‘For a number of years I have had a very strong relationship with this world renowned company,’ he said. ‘I am particularly thrilled, after a life of worldwide travelling, to become a settled part of the Scottish Opera community, and to experience and share with people all around Scotland the fantastic joys and emotions that the great composers have given to us through the wonderful form of art that is opera.’
Alex Reedijk, general director of Scottish Opera, said: ‘It is a huge honour for us to have attracted a musician of Emmanuel Joel-Hornak’s calibre to become our music director. He brings with him a profound experience of the artform, honed in the opera houses of Europe, North America and Australasia, and a real curiosity about the musical landscape here in Scotland.
‘In his previous stays with the Company he has helped deliver artistically important productions and it is this creativity, combined with his passion for opera and his qualities as a musician and a leader that makes him such a great fit for Scottish Opera.’
Following the restructuring of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in 2011 from full-time to part-time contracts, its members set up Music Co-Operative Scotland (McOpera) in October 2012, a cooperative offering musicians or ensembles for hire.