In season 2009/2010 Donald Runnicles returns to Europe to become the principal artistic leader of two European institutions. In September 2009 he begins as the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (DOB), the German capital’s leading opera company, and as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony. Mr. Runnicles simultaneously holds two additional titles: he is Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, in Jackson Wyoming and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Runnicles ended last season with a farewell to the San Francisco Opera, where he been Music Director since 1992. During his seventeen year tenure there, he conducted more 60 productions in over 350 performances. At the close of his tenure, he was fittingly awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the highest honor offered by the Company, and previously given to such luminaries as Leontyne Price, Marilyn Horne, Placido Domingo and Charles Mackerras.