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THE SCOOP | Michael Cavanagh Appointed Artistic Director of Royal Swedish Opera

By Michael Vincent on November 30, 2020

Cavanagh pictured in his home in London, ON (Photo: Anita Watkins)
Cavanagh pictured in his home in London, ON (Photo: Anita Watkins)

Prolific Canadian opera director Michael Cavanagh has been appointed artistic director at the Royal Swedish Opera. He starts his five-year appointment starting next summer, 2021.

“From the very first moment I set foot in that spectacular, historic opera house, I’ve loved working at the Royal Swedish Opera,” said Cavanagh. “I’ve had so many wonderful experiences with the soloists, chorus, music staff, orchestra, crew, company and audience. I am also very much looking forward to have the opportunity to collaborate with the very prominent conductor Alan Gilbert, whom the Royal Swedish Opera has engaged as music director.”

Hailing from Winnipeg, Cavanagh has directed over 150 opera productions at opera companies across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Most notable productions include The Vancouver Opera production of John Adams’ Nixon in China, which he developed to coincide with the 2010 Winter Olympics. He has also worked with Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London, Opera Philadelphia, Wide Open Opera in Dublin, Ireland, and L’Opéra de Montréal. No stranger to the Royal Swedish Opera, Cavanagh has served as a guest artist on productions of Nixon in China and Aida.

“I am so pleased to welcome Michael Cavanagh to the Royal Swedish Opera as our next artistic director and my successor,” says CEO Birgitta Svendén. “He has a particularly broad artistic spectrum, he has a great international experience and last but not least, and he is a very accomplished leader.”

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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