Johannes Debus

Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus graduated from the Hamburg Conservatoire before being engaged as répétiteur and, subsequently, Kapellmeister by Frankfurt Opera where he acquired an extensive repertoire from Mozart to Thomas Adès, and worked closely with such conductors as Paolo Carignani, Markus Stenz and Sebastian Weigle.

At home both in contemporary music and the core repertoire, he has conducted a wide range of world premières and works of the 20th and 21st century notably Salvatore Sciarrino’s Macbeth and Luciano Berio’s Un re in ascolto. He has cooperated with internationally acclaimed ensembles such as “Ensemble Intercontemporain”, “Ensemble Modern”, “Klangforum Wien” and “Musikfabrik”.

As a guest conductor he has appeared at several international festivals such as the Biennale di Venezia, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Festival d’Automne in Paris, Lincoln Center Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Suntory Summer Festival and Spoleto Festival.

He conducts regulary at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin and Frankfurt Opera and has appeared in new productions at English National Opera and Opéra National de Lyon.

In 2008 Johannes Debus conducted Prokofiev’s War and Peace for Canadian Opera Company. Such was his success with the piece and rapport with the company that he was immediately offered the Music Directorship.

In 2010 Johannes Debus was invited to replace James Levine in a performance of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently invited to replace Sir Colin Davis in works by Mozart and Haydn in four subscribtion concerts  marking his Symphony Hall debut. He made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival in the summer of 2012 and with the Toronto Symphony in January 2013. In the 2013/14 season he will appear with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana and the Philharmonia Orchestra

Johannes Debus has recently conducted productions of Hӓnsel und Gretel and Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Elektra  and The Rake’s Progress at the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin. His productions for COC in 2012/13 are Die Fledermaus, Tristan und Isolde, Dialogue of the Carmelites, Peter Grimes and Salome. He will conduct at Rome Opera in 2013 and return to Frankfurt Opera in 2014.

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