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High Notes: Tomáš Netopil and George Jackson


This event was recorded on July 27, 2022 at Hotel Jerome during the 2022 High Notes Series, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.

Alan Fletcher with Aspen Music Festival’s High Notes speakers with Tomáš Netopil and George Jackson about their upcoming performances and their performance practices.

Tomáš Netopil celebrates his ninth season as General Music Director of the Aalto Musiktheater and Philharmonie Essen in 2021/22. Mozart’s La finta giardiniera features this season as well as Don Giovanni plus Strauss’s Arabella. He is also Principal Guest Conductor with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with whom, in addition to concerts at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, he performs on tour including for the Dvořák Prague Festival. In Summer 2018 Tomáš Netopil created the International Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž offering students both exceptional artistic tuition and the opportunity to meet and work with major international musicians. In Summer 2021, in association with the Dvořák Prague Festival, the Academy established the Dvořákova Praha Youth Philharmonic with musicians from conservatories and music academies, coached by principal players of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

George Jackson is quickly making a name for the breadth and commitment of his work, whether in opera, symphonic repertoire or contemporary scores, building strong relationships with the orchestras he conducts. In September 2022 Jackson will begin his tenure as Music Director of the Amarillo Symphony, leading them in their Centenary year in 2023-24. Praised for his natural affinity for opera, he has received acclaim for his work in productions of Hänsel und Gretel and The Excursions of Mr Brouček (Grange Park Opera), Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park), and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Theater an der Wien). Future plans include his Wrocław Opera debut with Rigoletto, and the world premiere of Gods of the Game, a collaborative opera commissioned by Sky Arts for Grange Park Opera.