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Cultural award and honorary citizenship

Conductor Roland Böer becomes honorary citizen of Montepulciano

German conductor Roland Böer has been awarded the "Grifo Poliziano", and with it honorary citizenship of Montepulciano, for outstanding services to the cultural life, in particular for his many years as artistic and musical director of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte festival, which was founded by Hans Werner Henze in 1976.

Over the last 10 years he has become a key figure in the city, said Mayor Andrea Rossi at a ceremony in the Baroque Teatro Poliziano on 19 August. He received the greatest respect and appreciation, not only for his artistic and musical achievements, but above all as an example of humanity and solidarity.

Roland Böer, as an internationally sought-after opera and concert conductor who has been working at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan and the Frankfurt Opera, among others, and with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, has just been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. In October he will make his debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo with William Kentridge’s "The Magic Flute", a production he conducted at la Scala before and which has already been released on DVD.



Roland Böer's contract as Artistic and Music director of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano has been renewed for another three years.

He has been working for the "Cantiere", founded by Hans Werner Henze in 1976, since 2009, when he started as Music Director together with composer Detlev Glanert as Artistic Director.