Jordan is delighted to be in Cardiff in January to conduct the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for the first time. The programme includes not only a world premiere but...MORE
Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza has been appointed General Music Director of the City of Dortmund and his five-year contract with them will commence on 1 August 2025. In this...MORE
This April sees Jordan de Souza conducting the Orchestra of Opera North in repertoire including Strauss Don Juan and Brahms Symphony No. 1. He also returns to the Dortmunder Philharmoniker...MORE
[one] could see first-hand conductor Jordan de Souza’s masterly control of the mood and pacing in the crucial final passages………..you could hear the magic.
Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza has been appointed General Music Director of Theater Dortmund and Chief Conductor of Dortmund Philharmoniker with a five-year contract commencing in August 2025.
- Seattle Opera – Tristan und Isolde
- Bayerische Staatsoper Munich & Oper Köln – Die Zauberflöte
- Komische Oper, Berlin – Pelléas et Mélisande, Candide, La Bohème, Frühlingsstürme
- Chicago Lyric Opera – Daniel Catán Florencia en el Amazonas, La bohème
- Glyndebourne Festival – La bohème – London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Dutch National Opera – Carmen
- Concerts with Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestra della Toscana
This season, Jordan returns to Canadian Opera to conduct La bohème; Opéra de Montréal for La traviata and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a concert in their Royal Festival Hall Series, following a very successful collaboration with them conducting Strauss Der Rosenkavalier at Garsington Opera in 2021. He also makes debuts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at Santa Fe Opera, conducting the world premiere of The Righteous, a new opera by Gregory Spears. Further ahead, he has secured return invitations from both Chicago Lyric Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin and will also return to the 2026 Glyndebourne Festival.
Highlights in his native Canada have included two appearances with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and concerts with Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago and conducted Tristan und Isolde in a new production for Seattle Opera and Rigoletto for Houston Grand Opera.
In Europe, opera appearances include Die Zauberflöte at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Oper Köln; Carmen at Dutch National Opera and Wagner Der fliegende Holländer at Nationaltheater Mannheim. Last season he also conducted La Périchole at Theater an der Wien, a new production of La bohème at the 2022 Glyndebourne Festival and made his Italian debut conducting the Orchestra della Toscana in a Brahms and Mendelssohn programme.
Born in Toronto, Jordan studied conducting at McGill University, Montreal and made his conducting debut aged 20 with Bach St John Passion. On graduating, he joined the McGill faculty from 2011-2015 and went on to conduct several important choral works including Bach St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B minor, and the Verdi, Mozart, and Fauré Requiem. During this time, he was also Conductor in Residence of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, conducting three world premieres.
He moved to Europe to join the staff of the Komische Oper Berlin and completed a four-year term in 2020. During this time, he collaborated with renowned director Barrie Kosky on four critically acclaimed new productions: Pelléas et Mélisande, La bohème, Weinberger’s Frühlingsstürme and Candide.
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