The son of Ukrainian composer Ivan Karabyts, Kirill Karabits was born in Kiev in 1976 and trained in Vienna and Stuttgart, where his teachers included Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling; he made his professional debut at the age of 19, with a programme of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, before spending two years assisting Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
In 2006 he began a long association with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, eventually taking up the position of principal conductor three years later; his discography with the orchestra includes music by Kara Karayev, Boris Lyatoshynsky, Khachaturian, Prokofiev and Walton. In 2018 he conducted and recorded the world premiere of Liszt’s incomplete opera Sardanapalo with the Weimar Staatskapelle, whom he served as Generalmusikdirector for three years.
Further Reading: Kirill Karabits
Reconstructed by the musicologist David Trippett, the single completed act of Liszt's abandoned opera on a subject by Byron reveals what the composer's son-in-law Wagner described as 'the claw of a lion'.
The musicologist and driving-force behind today's Recording of the Week talks to Katherine about the mysterious genesis of Liszt's uncompleted opera, and the process of reconstructing the manuscript for performance.