Anna Skryleva, conductor

Biography

Anna Skryleva has worked in some of Germany’s most distinguished opera houses and in the 2019/20 Season took up the position of General Music Director at Theater Magdeburg.

From 2013-15, Anna was First Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Darmstadt where she made her debut conducting Strauss’s Salome. She previously held the same position at the Staatstheater Schleswig-Holstein, where her interpretation of Weber’s Der Freischütz met with critical acclaim.

Anna has been employed on the music staff of the Cologne Opera and the Staatsoper Hamburg. She worked as first assistant conductor for landmark productions of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at both companies, where she collaborated closely with music directors Markus Stenz and Simone Young. In Hamburg, Anna conducted main-stage performances including Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Rossini’s Il turco in Italia.

As a guest conductor, Anna has appeared at houses including the Dallas Opera and the Hessian State Theater, Wiesbaden. In the 2019/20 Season she made her debut at The Royal Swedish Opera with Mozart's The Magic Flute. Anna is an experienced ballet conductor, having worked with the Royal Swedish Ballet and New York’s Paul Taylor Dance Company.

On the concert stage, Anna has worked with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, South German Philharmonic Konstanz, North German Philharmonic Rostock and Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City. She recently made her debut with the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin.

Anna’s repertoire ranges from the Viennese classics through to contemporary music. At Theatre Magdeburg, she revived the unperformed opera Grete Minde by German-Jewish composer Eugen Engel – the first performance of the composer’s work in a century following his death in 1943 at the Sobibor concentration camp. Her series of recordings on Orchid Classics, made with the winners of the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition, were praised by the music press.

Anna was named Person of the Year in 2013 by the arts section of the Main-Echo newspaper and the following year founded the international peace initiative Classics for Peace, which immediately met with widespread support from both the public and from high-ranking politicians, including the Hessian State President Volker Bouffier. In 2019, Anna received an Innovation Prize for her work to enlarge the classical repertoire.

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