Teatro Communale di Bologna (Bologna Communal Theatre) is the first Italian Opera House to employ a woman as its Music Director. Oksana Lyniv said she was surprised to learn she was making history after receiving the offer.
Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv accepted a three-year posting as Music Director at Teatro Communale di Bologna. She will conduct at least two operas and two concerts a year during this time.
Her first opera on 14th and 15th January is Richard Wagner’s Valkyrie.
Breaking new ground again
It is not the first time Lyniv has achieved a ‘first’. She was previously principal conductor of Austria’s Graz Opera and in July, she became the first female conductor to open Germany’s Bayreuth opera festival in its 145-year-history.
She conducted Richard Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, receiving rapturous applause from the audience.
The Guardian reported Lyniv as saying, “I didn’t realise, when I received the letter from the Teatro Comunale, that I would be the first female conductor of an Italian opera house. I am very honoured and happy to be part of this historical turning point.”
Lyniv also said one of her goals is to get more young people interested in the opera.
Bologna’s Teatro Comunale opened its doors in 1763 with a performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Il trionfo di Clelia. It went on to host Wagner as well as some of Italy’s greatest composers, including Verdi, Rossini and Bellini.