US conducting debut this month

As the Christmas season is beginning, Nathalie Stutzmann is on the brink of making her American conducting debut with two renowned symphony orchestras: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Detroit Orchestra Hall on December 12 and 13, and the Washington National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center on December 17, 18, 19 and 20. She will be leading both orchestras in a signal Christmas work, Handel’s Messiah, with soloists Emoke Barath (soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Lawrence Wiliford (tenor) and Stephen Powell (bass).

Conducting Messiah at the head of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this year, Nathalie’s performance received outstanding critical and audience praise: “Beautiful is just one word that can sum up this performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as conducted by Liverpool Philharmonic debutant, Nathalie Stutzmann.(…) So impressive was Stutzmann’s control, energy and enthusiasm it brought from the choir at the end, during the second of three curtain calls, a spontaneous stamping of appreciative feet that is rarely if ever heard in this great auditorium.” (Click Liverpool, January 2015).

She will return to Washington in June, to sing Mahler’s Ruckert-Lieder with Christoph Eschenbach and National Symphony Orchestra.