Donald Runnicles is concurrently the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chief Conductor of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Maestro Runnicles’ career can be characterized by high quality of performances strongly centered in grand romantic opera and symphonic repertoire of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
As General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mr. Runnicles has primary responsibility for the musical forces of this historic company which produces, on average, twenty five productions per season. This season, Mr. Runnicles conducted Don Carlo, Otello, Tristan und Isolde, Billy Budd, and Werther among others.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Mr. Runnicles literally returned home to take up the post as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO). He conducts five of the BBC SSO’s main series programs in the orchestra’s Glasgow home and leads this orchestra in two programs at the London Proms each summer.
Maestro Runnicles has been Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) since 2006 and recently renewed his commitment through 2019. At GTMF he designs the repertoire; conducts four weeks; and participates as a pianist in a number of chamber concerts.
Runnicles’ commercial recording of Wagner arias with Jonas Kaufmann and the Deutsche Oper Berlin won the 2013 Gramophone prize for best vocal recording.
In March of 2015 he will, once again, conduct at the Berlin Philharmonic. Then in June of 2015 he returns to the San Francisco Opera (where he conducted for seventeen years) for a new production of Berlioz Les Troyens.