Donald Runnicles is the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival (Jackson, Wyoming), as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Runnicles enjoys close and enduring relationships with many of the most significant opera companies and symphony orchestras, and he is especially celebrated for his interpretations of Romantic and post-Romantic symphonic and opera repertoire which are core to his musical identity.
Donald Runnicles’ previous posts include Music Director of the San Francisco Opera (1992 – 2008), during which he led world premieres of John Adams’s “Doctor Atomic”, Conrad Susa’s “Les Liaisons dangereuses”, and the U.S. premiere of Messiaen’s “Saint François d’Assise”; Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City (2001 – 2007); and General Music Director of the Theater Freiburg and Orchestra (1989 – 1993).
Mr. Runnicles’ extensive discography includes complete recordings of Wagner's “Tristan and Isolde”, Mozart's “Requiem”, Orff's “Carmina Burana”, Britten’s “Billy Budd”, Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”, and Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”. His recording of Wagner arias with Jonas Kaufmann and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin won the 2013 Gramophone prize for Best Vocal Recording, and his recording of Janácek’s “Jenufa” with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin was nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY award for Best Opera Recording.
Donald Runnicles is born and raised in Edinburgh. He was appointed OBE in 2004, and holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
As of July 2019