Pablo Heras-Casado, a regular guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has been named chief guest conductor at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. The appointment runs through the 2017/18 season.

At the Teatro Real, one of Europe’s leading opera houses, he will work closely with musical director Ivor Bolton in matters of artistic development for the company’s orchestra and choir.

Named Conductor of the Year in 2013 by Musical America, Heras-Casado made his CSO debut in 2011 and will return for concerts Nov. 12-15 at Symphony Center. In 20111, the Spanish-born conductor, now 36, was appointed principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City. With operatic and symphonic conducting assignments worldwide, he will make his debut this month with the Dutch National Opera conducting Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.

At the Teatro Real, Heras-Casado conducted an acclaimed production of Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny during the 2010-2011 season and also conducted Daniel Catán’s Il Postino in the 2012-2013 season. This season there, he will conduct the world premiere of Mauricio Sotelo’s El Público in February-March 2015 and will lead Britten’s War Requiem on March 12-14.

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