Ben makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic on 11 August. The performance takes place outside the 12th-century Ringsaker Church as part of the Prøysen Festival and will be the Oslo Philharmonic’s first appearance here. Ben will conduct the orchestra in an eclectic mix of repertoire including music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet as well as many Scandinavian favourites.
Continuing his run of Scandinavian debuts, Ben then makes his debut with Royal Swedish Opera, conducting Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with performances in August and September. Earlier this year, Der Neue Merker said of his Marriage of Figaro performance at Stuttgart Opera: "Gernon lets Mozart’s music be a classic in the best sense of the word. Its attraction comes through quite naturally in a fresh and balanced interpretation like this one."