Artist changes with RTÉ NSO for 20 October

Conductor Jonas Alber and mezzo-soprano Rachael Wilson step in

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Jonas Alber to replace Joana Carneiro and mezzo-soprano Rachael Wilson to replace Kai Rüütel on Friday, 20 October at National Concert Hall

In the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Main Season concert this Friday, 20 October at the National Concert Hall, conductor Jonas Alber replaces Joana Carneiro as guest conductor and mezzo-soprano Rachael Wilson replaces Kai Rüütel.  Joana Carneiro and Kai Rüütel have both withdrawn due of illness.

Jonas Alber has established himself as a sought-after conductor both on the concert podium and at leading international opera houses. His name is particularly associated with benchmark performances of fin-de-siecle works, and his repertoire extends from the baroque to contemporary music.  Today he is much in demand as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras and opera companies in Europe, Asia, South America, New Zealand and South Africa.

Jonas collaborates with singers and soloists including Joyce DiDonato, Isabelle Faust, Sabine Meyer, Martin Fröst, Sol Gabetta, Håkan Hardenberger, Franz Hawlata, Schlomo Mintz, Steven Osborne, René Pape, Anne Schwanewilms and Iris Vermillion.  His last performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra was in October 2016.

Rachael Wilson is a graduate of Juilliard School.  Immediately upon her graduation she was invited to join the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she is now a member of the Ensemble.  Last season she made two important debuts in Munich:  Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte and Fatima in a new production of Oberon at the Munich Opera Festival, as well as appearing in Nixon in China with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Adams.

This season Rachael makes her much anticipated debut in Munich as Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel as well as joining the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra to perform Elgar’s Sea Pictures.