Jordan de Souza

Conductor

“The house’s new Kapellmeister Jordan de Souza, opened the season with a gripping performance of Debussy’s 'Pelléas et Mélisande'”

A J Goldmann - New York Times

Highlights

• Komische Oper, Berlin – New Productions Pelléas et Mélisande, Candide, La Bohème, Frühlingsstürme and The Rake’s Progress
• Staatsoper Hannover – La Bohème and concerts featuring Zemlinsky, Debussy and Ravel
• Houston Grand Opera Rigoletto – House debut
• Future debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and Deutsche Oper, Berlin
• Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal – Schumann and Sibelius
• Bregenzer Festspiele – Carmen

Biography

Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza is currently Erster Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper, Berlin. Following a highly successful collaboration with director Barrie Kosky in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande in 2017, he joined forces with him again in…

Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza is currently Erster Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper, Berlin. Following a highly successful collaboration with director Barrie Kosky in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande in 2017, he joined forces with him again in the 2018-19 season in new productions of Candide and La Bohème. This season, in addition to conducting Don Giovanni and La Traviata, he will collaborate with Kosky again in Berlin in his new production of Weinberg’s Frühlingsstürme and with Kirill Serebrennikov in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

Other highlights of the 2019-2020 season include debuts with Houston Grand Opera in Rigoletto and at the Staatsoper Hannover in La Bohème. Also in Hannover he will conduct Zemlinsky Lyric Symphony, Debussy La Mer and Ravel Menuet Antique and later in the season will make his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the final of the Glyndebourne Cup. Future seasons will see him make debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and Deutsche Oper, Berlin.

In the 18-19 season Jordan toured Australia and New Zealand with Die Zauberflöte, conducting the Auckland Philharmonia, West Australian Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. On the concert platform he made his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy in a Mozart and Mendelssohn programme, resulting in an immediate re-invitation, and returned to the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal with a programme featuring Schumann, Sibelius and Delius.

Born in Toronto, Jordan studied conducting at McGill University, Montreal, and made his conducting debut aged 20 with Bach’s St John Passion. After graduating, he joined the McGill faculty from 2011 to 2015 and went on to conduct several important choral works including the St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B-Minor, and the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, and Fauré. During this time, he was also Conductor in Residence of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, conducting the world premieres of three full-length operas.

Jordan made his debut in 2015 for the Canadian Opera Company, conducting their Claus Guth production of Le Nozze di Figaro.The following year he was invited to join the staff of the Komische Oper, Berlin where he has conducted Petrushka, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Eugene Onegin and Il Barbiere di Siviglia whilst in their concert series, he has also conducted Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, Emperor Concerto and Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Schreker’s Kammersymphonie. In 2017-18, Jordan conducted 28 performances of Carmen with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in a highly successful production at the Bregenzer Festspiele

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