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Leo Hussain

Conductor

The Royal Opera House announced their 2019/20 season on 14 May 2019, unveiling a wide range of new commissions, world premieres and revivals, supported by a diverse range of ticketed and free daytime events, activities and festivals for people of all ages. The season is the first full season since the completion of Covent Garden’s three-year Open Up initiative and features 13 new productions (including two world premieres). Among the new works is the world premiere of Jules Maxwell The Lost Thing, an adaptation of Shaun Tan’s picture book. The production is staged in association with Candoco Dance Company, the commission features a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians.


>Click here to see full details of the Royal Opera House’s new season.


Following his critically acclaimed performances in Billy Budd in April, Jacques Imbrailo returns to the Royal Opera House to star as Albert in Massenet Werther from 17 September. Benoît Jacquot’s production is conducted by Edward Gardner and also features Stephanie Wake-Edwards, who begins her debut season as a Jette Parker Young Artist with the role of Käthchen.


Rhian Lois returns to Covent Garden on 25 September to perform as Jerusha in Gerald Barry The Intelligence Park at the Linbury Theatre. Conducted by Jessica Cottis, the production is the first of Barry’s opera in London since 1990.


On 14 October, Evelino Pidò conducts the premiere of a new production of Donizetti Don Pasquale from Damiano Michieletto. The production stars Bryn Terfel and is co-produced with the Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Massimo, Palermo. The performance on 24 October will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world as part of the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season.


Leo Hussain made a critically acclaimed debut at Covent Garden in 2016 helming the Royal Opera’s first production of Enescu Oedipe. He returns to the Royal Opera House on 1 November to conduct David McVicar’s production of Die Zauberflöte, which also features Hongni Wu as Zweite Dame. Wu is currently a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, with other roles in the 2019/20 season including Flora in La traviata, Karolka in Jenůfa and Tebaldo in Don Carlo.


Tim Mead returns to the Royal Opera House to star in David McVicar’s new production of Britten Death in Venice from 21 November. Performing under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Mead performs the role of Apollo opposite Mark Padmore and Gerald Finley.


Gregory Kunde performs one of his signature roles at Covent Garden from 9 December, starring in the title role of Verdi Otello under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Keith Warner’s production also stars Freddie De Tommaso, who makes his Covent Garden debut as Cassio.


Pamela Helen Stephen, Vlada Borovko, Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards join the cast for Richard Eyre’s production of La traviata from 17 December. Stephen takes the role of Annina, while Borovko stars as Violetta on 1 February 2020. She also returns to star as Musetta in three performances of La bohème directed by Richard Jones on 7, 11 and 13 February. Wake-Edwards and Wu share the role of Flora.


Lise Davidsen sings her first lead role at the Royal Opera House from 1 March 2020 when she stars opposite Jonas Kaufmann in a new production of Beethoven Fidelio. The production is directed by Tobias Kratzer, who directs Davidsen in Wagner Tannhäuser at this summer’s Bayreuth Festival. The production will be broadcast live in cinemas on 17 March.


Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards join the cast of Janáček Jenůfa from 24 March 2020. Directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Wu takes the role of Karolka while Wake-Edwards sings the Herdswoman.


Ruxandra Donose returns to the Royal Opera House for two productions next season. On 27 April, she joins Christof Loy’s production of Wagner Tristan und Isolde to sing the role of Brangäne under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. She then returns on 29 June to star in Don Carlo as Eboli. Nicholas Hytner’s production also features Hongni Wu as Tebaldo.


Stephanie Wake-Edwards continues her debut season as a Jette Parker Young Artist with the role of Kate Pinkerton in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini Madama Butterfly from 22 June. This co-production with the Gran Teatre del Liceu is conducted by Dan Ettinger.


Hongni Wu and Stephanie Wake-Edwards round off the season alongside their colleagues on the Jette Parker programme with the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance on 18 July.

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Leo Hussain makes debut at Norwegian National Opera with La Cenerentola

02 May 2019

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Leo Hussain makes his debut for Norwegian National Opera on 16 May 2019 when he conducts Stefan Herheim’s acclaimed production of Rossini La Cenerentola. The opera is based on the Cinderella story, although many of the supernatural elements of the tale were removed for ease of staging; in place of a fairy godmother, there is the philosopher Alidoro. In Herheim’s production, Hussain conducts a cast of Tone Kummervold as Cinderella, Taylor Stanton as Don Ramiro and Miklós Sebestyén as Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico.


La Cenerentola concludes an exciting season for Hussain which has also featured his debut at San Francisco Opera conducting Tosca and a return to Opera Frankfurt to conduct Carmen. Building on his operatic success, his strong relationship with the George Enescu Festival continued with recent concert performances in both January and March 2019.


Future highlights include a return to Theater an der Wien to conduct Salome and the Austrian premiere of Multiversum, composed by Peter Eötvös at the Wien Modern, in a concert with the Wiener Symphoniker.


La Cenerentola runs at Norwegian National Opera until 18 June.

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Leo Hussain debuts at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse with Die tote Stadt

08 November 2018

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Leo Hussain makes his debut at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse on 22 November 2018, conducting Korngold Die tote Stadt. Philipp Himmelmann directs a cast including Torsten Kerl and Evgenia Muraveva.


Hussain’s affinity for the core Romantic repertoire has resulted in critical acclaim. Opera Today wrote of his 2016 Capriccio for Santa Fe Opera:


"Conductor Leo Hussain was a revelation in the pit, helming a delicate, fluid, mesmerizing, echt account of a graceful score that is more succulent caviar than substantial Hauptspeise. Maestro Hussain led a propulsive, informed, precise reading that fell gratefully on the ear."
Opera Today, August 2016


Die tote Stadt runs from 22 November to 4 December. Further operatic engagements for Hussain this season include Bizet Carmen for Oper Frankfurt and Rossini La Cenerentola for Norwegian National Opera, in addition to numerous symphonic performances across Europe.

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Leo Hussain makes San Francisco Opera debut conducting new production of Tosca

19 September 2018

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Leo Hussain makes his debut for San Francisco Opera this autumn, conducting a cast of internationally acclaimed singers in Shawna Lucey’s production of Tosca.

Praised for his "unfailing focus and insight" (Classical Source, May 2016), Hussain’s subsequent engagements in the 2018/19 season include Korngold Die Tote Stadt for Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Carmen for Oper Frankfurt and La Cenerentola for Norwegian National Opera, in addition to numerous symphonic performances in Europe.

Ahead of the Tosca opening night on 3 October, Hussain conducts a collection of favourite arias and excerpts at San Francisco Opera’s ‘Opera in the Park’ open-air concert on 9 September, marking the start of the company's 96th season. Opera in the Park takes place at 1.30pm at Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park (admission free).

Tosca runs until 30 October and includes Carmen Giannattasio in the title role, with Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi.

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Leo Hussain conducts Elektra at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

18 January 2018

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Leo Hussain returns to Lisbon this month to conduct a new semi-staged production of Strauss Elektra at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos from 1 February 2018. The production is directed by Nicola Raab and features a cast including Nadja Michael, Allison Oakes and James Rutherford. There are repeat performances on 4 and 7 February.


Hussain's last visit to the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos came in 2016, when he conducted a critically acclaimed performance of Stravinsky Oedipus Rex:


"Much of the success was down to Leo Hussain's conducting... He gave us a reading that was alive to the neo-classical precision of Stravinsky's writing but also phrased with generous sweep. To see Hussain at work was very special."
Opera Traveller, November 2016

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Kristóf Baráti makes debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg & Leo Hussain

27 October 2017

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Kristóf Baráti makes his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg this month, joining the orchestra for two performances at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and La Comète in Châlons-en-Champagne on 10 and 11 November November. Baráti performs Barber Violin Concerto under the baton of Leo Hussain, who also conducts John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Dvorák Symphony No.8.


Elsewhere in November, Baráti performs in several concerts as part of Verbier Festival’s residency at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. On 25 November, he performs in recital with Tchaikovsky Competition winner Dmitry Masleev in a programme of Schubert Sonata D.574 ‘Duo’ and Ravel G major Violin Sonata and Tzigane. Following this, Baráti joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy in a performance of Mendelssohn Violin Concerto on 28 November, and finally performs with Behzod Abduraimov and Andrey Ionita in a performance of Arensky’s Piano Trio No.1 as part of a chamber programme on 1 December.

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Intermusica in Vienna: a weekend of music

13 October 2017

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Leonidas Kavakos
Lahav Shani

From 14 October 2017 several of Intermusica's artists descend on Vienna for a weekend of performances across the city.


Leonidas Kavakos makes the first of two visits to the city this month on 14 October, when he gives the European premiere of Lera Auerbach's new violin concerto, NyX, with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra


15 October sees two Intermusica conductors performing. Lahav Shani conducts his first performance as Principal Guest Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker, leading the orchestra in a programme of Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mozart. Joshua Bell is the soloist, with a repeat performance the following day.


Also on 15 October, Leo Hussain returns to Theater an der Wien to conduct the house's new production of Wozzeck, which is directed by Robert Carsen and stars Florian Boesch in the title role. Performances continue until 27 October.


Later in the month, Leonidas Kavakos returns to the city alongside Kirill Gerstein for the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra's 275th anniversary tour, while Narek Hakhnazaryan performs chamber music at the Konzerthaus. Jesús López Cobos and Evelino Pido also return to the Wiener Staatsoper, leading productions of Donizetti L'elisir d'amore and Puccini Tosca.

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Leo Hussain conducts new production of Wozzeck at Theater an der Wien

01 October 2017

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Leo Hussain returns to the Theater an der Wien on 15 October 2017 to conduct the premiere of a new production of Wozzeck directed by Robert Carsen. Florian Boesch sings the title role with Lise Lindstrom as Marie. Wozzeck is the start of a busy season for Hussain, who is also set to conduct Elektra at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Boris Godunov for Gothenburg Opera and The Passenger for Oper Frankfurt.


Hussain’s most recent success in Vienna was with Peter Konwitschny’s production of Egk Peer Gynt earlier this year:


"Conductor Leo Hussain at the head of the RSO Wien strives to get the maximum out of the score. It is precisely and sensitively played."
Kurier


Wozzeck opens on 15 October, with performances running until 27 October.

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Nine Intermusica artists nominated at the 40th Gramophone Awards

Nine Intermusica artists have been nominated for Gramophone Awards this year across a range of categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 September, which will be live streamed on Medici.tv. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner is nominated in the Baroque Vocal category for his recording of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. Gramophone described the recording as "a memorable and moving St Matthew... What really makes this one special, however, is its emotional integrity."


James Ehnes is nominated alongside his colleagues in the Ehnes Quartet in the Chamber category for their recording of Schubert String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden' and Sibelius Intimate Voices. Gramophone commented that "[the] pairing of these two quartets is a stroke of programming genius... I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful."


Paul McCreesh's new recording of Haydn's The Seasons made with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players is nominated in the Choral category. McCreesh previously received a Gramophone award for his 2006 recording of Haydn's The Creation. In their review, Gramophone wrote that "McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own."


Sir James MacMillan's Stabat Mater, recorded by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, is nominated in the Contemporary category. Gramophone's review concluded that "Posterity might well judge this to be a 21st-century masterpiece; there is no question that this is a truly masterly recorded performance."


Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Renaud Capuçon, whose disc of three 21st century violin concertos has also been shortlisted. The three concertos, all written for Capuçon, were recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gramophone praised Capuçon’s "probing playing [and] his welcome advocacy".


Daniil Trifonov is nominated in the Instrumental category for Transcendental, his recording of Liszt's works for solo piano. Gramophone praised the recording as a "triumph", commenting that "every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers."


Leo Hussain is nominated in the Opera category for Opus Arté's DVD of the revival of Fiona Shaw's Glyndebourne production of Britten The Rape of Lucretia. Gramophone singled him out for his "lyrical yet incisive" approach, writing that "conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes."


Roger Vignoles is nominated in the Solo Vocal category alongisde baritone Florian Boesch for their recording of Krenek's cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen. Vignoles was praised by Gramophone for his playing of "great control, refinement and subtlety", while the recording itself was proclaimed "an outstanding achievement."


Mary Bevan joined tenor Allan Clayton for his album Where'er You Walk, a collection of arias Handel composed for tenor John Beard, which is nominated in the Recital category. Bevan sings on 'As steals the morn', which Gramophone described as an "added bonus... it's a very attractive package."

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“Stunning verve”: Leo Hussain’s debut with the Bamberg Symphony

10 July 2017

Leo Hussain made his debut with the Bamberg Symphony this June to great critical acclaim. The performances took place at the Mozartfest Würzburg and at the Stadttheater Fürth, with a programme of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Rihm.


“Hussain found the key to the balance. In the Minuet, the Bambergs exhaled their inspired sound; they blossomed, before finally shining brilliantly in the final Molto Allegro.”
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“The Mozart was performed with impressive verve … Many important features were highlighted, and there was a generous but precise elaboration of details … The contrasting sections in the final movement were transparently entwined, creating a balance between boldness and subtly shadowed opposites, emphasizing the dramatic approaches of this music with tremendous energy ... It did so well. The balancing of lively melody with subtle accentuations and more angular tutti-sonorities were convincing, and whilst the approach to the counterpoint was authentic, the stylistic elements were sensitive and not overly dry.”
Mannheimer Morgen


Click here to listen to the concert from 14 June, which was first broadcast on 6 July.


The following week, Hussain returned to conduct the orchestra in their debut appearance at the Sparda-Bank Klassik Open Air concert at the Bayreuth Stadtparkett.

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Leo Hussain debuts with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra at Mozartfest Würzburg

31 May 2017

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Leo Hussain makes his debut with the Bamberg Symphony at Mozartfest Würzburg on 14 and 15 June and at the Stadttheater Fürth on 16 June 2017.


The programme is framed by Mozart Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 'Jupiter' and his concert aria 'Bella mia fiamma', K.528, with soprano Christiane Karg, who also sings Mendelssohn Infelice, Op.94.


Hussain also pairs Mozart and Mendelssohn with Wolfgang Rihm Lichtes Spiel with Bart Vandenbogaerde.


The concert on 14 June is recorded for delayed broadcast on BR KLASSIK.


Hussain returns to Oper Frankfurt next season, following recent successful debuts at Oper Köln and at Covent Garden. He makes further debuts next year at the Oregon Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and San Francisco Opera, and returns in September for Wozzeck at Theater an der Wien.

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Leo Hussain conducts new production of Peer Gynt at Theater an der Wien

03 February 2017

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Leo Hussain returns to Theater an der Wien on 17 February 2017 to conduct Peter Konwitschny’s new production of Egk Peer Gynt. Hussain is a regular guest at the house, with recent projects including concert performances of Frid Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank, which opened the 2015/16 season. 


Other upcoming season highlights for Hussain include A Rake’s Progress and La bohème at the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie. In future seasons, Hussain returns to Frankfurt Opera and also makes his debut for San Francisco Opera.


Peer Gynt runs until 1 March.

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Leo Hussain returns to Santa Fe Opera to conduct Capriccio

09 July 2016

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Leo Hussain returns to Santa Fe Opera to conduct R. Strauss's Capriccio, opening on 23 July. 


Tim Albery directs this production which features a cast including Susan Graham as Clairon, Amanda Mejeski at the Countess, Craig Verm as the Count and Ben Bliss as Flamand.


Hussain made a hugely successful debut in Santa Fe in 2013 with La traviata and his return this summer follows his recent critically acclaimed debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Enescu Oedipe:


“Leo Hussain proves a wonderfully resourceful and commanding conductor of this epic score. Under a baton less confident than his, such music could turn into gloop, but he sculpts it firmly into shape and relishes its more sinuously graceful passages as well as its grandly extended climaxes. The orchestral playing is virtuosic.”
Daily Telegraph, May 2016


“If it’s immensely potent visually, it’s just as powerful musically, under conductor Leo Hussain.”
Guardian, May 2016


Performances of Capriccio run until 19 August.

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Leo Hussain conducts Sweeney Todd at La Monnaie

31 May 2016

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Leo Hussain returns to La Monnaie on 14 June 2016 to conduct Sondheim Sweeny Todd. Directed by James Brining, the cast for this production includes Finnur Bjarnason, Natascha Petrinsky, Carole Wilson, Andrew Schroeder, Christopher Gillett, Hendrickje Van Kerckhove, George Ure Paul, Charles Clarke, and Matthew Zadow.


Hussain's previous visits to La Monnaie were met with great acclaim from the critics:


"Under Leo Hussain, conducting the opera for the first time, the orchestra played superbly, the ensemble rhythmically precise, the strings achingly lovely, the brass braying for all they were worth, the timpani thundering out or gently throbbing their motto theme, the impact one of striking clarity."
Opera


“The Orchestre de la Monnaie has rarely been on such dazzling form as under the virile direction of English conductor Leo Hussain.”
Le Monde 


Further highlights for Hussain this season include a return to Santa Fe Opera for Capriccio.

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"A wonderfully resourceful and commanding conductor" - Leo Hussain makes critically-acclaimed Royal Opera House debut

25 May 2016

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Leo Hussain's Royal Opera House debut, conducting Enescu Oedipe, has been met with great critical acclaim. Oedipe, which was directed by Catalan theatrical group La Fura dels Baus, opened to five star reviews from across the board, with Hussain and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House receiving praise for their "virtuosic" interpretation of Enescu's score.


Further performances of Oedipe are on May 26, 20, June 2, 4 and 8.


“Leo Hussain proves a wonderfully resourceful and commanding conductor of this epic score. Under a baton less confident than his, such music could turn into gloop, but he sculpts it firmly into shape and relishes its more sinuously graceful passages as well as its grandly extended climaxes. The orchestral playing is virtuosic.”
Telegraph, May 2016


“If it’s immensely potent visually, it’s just as powerful musically, under conductor Leo Hussain.”
Five stars, Guardian, May 2016


“The Royal Opera orchestra, conducted by Leo Hussain, plays scrupulously even when Enescu’s score is wandering about aimlessly and makes the most of its French-tinted high points, as impressionist mists cloud Oedipe’s mind and blazing brass reinforces the final flood of light. Not a neglected masterpiece, but a serious piece of work. See it now or not at all.”
Financial Times, May 2016


“Conductor Leo Hussain details the complex musical strands which amalgamate Gallic influences with Romanian folk elements and modernist echoes”
Five stars, Independent, May 2016


“The ROH Orchestra was no-less impressive, with Leo Hussain… steering the lavish and diversely arrayed forces with an unfailing focus and insight. One among a bare handful of artists who knows this score from the inside, Hussain is already an opera conductor of wide experience and one looks forward to more ROH appearances after such an auspicious debut.”
Classical Source, May 2016


"But my last word goes to conductor Leo Hussain, starting his Royal Opera career the hard way with a score of exceptional complexity, making it instantly accessible to first-time listeners and delivering colour and power throughout”
Bachtrack, May 2016

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Leo Hussain conducts Oedipe in debut at the Royal Opera House

06 May 2016

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Leo Hussain makes his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut on 23 May 2016 with Enescu Oedipe. The production is the Royal Opera’s first staging of Oedipe and is directed by acclaimed Catalan company La Fura dels Baus in a co-production with La Monnaie and Opéra de Paris.


Speaking about Oedipe, Hussain commented that "From lush Wagnerian to translucent Debussyan, it really encompasses almost every style of 20th century music - even styles that had not been written in when Enescu was writing the piece."


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The cast for this new production includes Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan, and performances run until 8 June.


Further highlights for Hussain this season include Sweeny Todd at La Monnaie and a return to Santa Fe Opera for Capriccio.

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Leo Hussain closes Tokyo Festival in Spring with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

03 April 2016

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Leo Hussain makes his debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra on 17 April 2016 when he conducts the closing concert of the Tokyo Festival in Spring 2016. The programme for this concert includes Durufle Requiem, Op.9, with soloists Roxana Constantinescu and Christopher Maltman and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.


Further highlights for Hussain this season include his debut at the Royal Opera House with Enescu Oedipe and a return to Santa Fe for Capriccio.

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Leo Hussain conducts Le nozze di Figaro at Gothenburg Opera

03 January 2016

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Leo Hussain conducts Stephen Langridge’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Gothenburg Opera. Opening on 17 January, the cast for this production includes Sofie Asplund Daniel Hällström, Maria Luigia Borsi and Markus Schwartz.


Further highlights this season include Hussain's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut with Enescu's Oedipe, a return to Santa Fe for Capriccio and Don Giovanni at the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie.

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Intermusica at the George Enescu Festival 2015

01 September 2015

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Renaud Capuçon
Ruxandra Donose

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Valentina Nafornita, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon, Leo Hussain and Ruxandra Donose all perform at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest this year, the annual celebration of Romanian composer George Enescu.


On 9 September, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon join the London Symphony Orchestra to play the Brahms Double Concerto. Ion Marin conducts the orchestra and the Capuçon brothers at Bucharest Grand Palace Hall.


Leo Hussain returns to the festival for a concert performance of Berg Wozzeck on 14 September, with Michael Volle in the title role and Evelyn Herlitzius as Marie. This follows his appearance at the 2013 festival when he conducted Schoenberg Gurrelieder.


Ruxandra Donose sings Mahler Das Lied von der Erde on 16 September with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and conductor Christian Mandeal.


Then, also on 16 September, Valentina Nafornița joins the Wiener Philharmoniker to perform Enescu’s 7 Chansons de Clément Marot, Op.15. Semyon Bychkov conducts the programme, which also features Haydn Symphony No.44 and Brahms Symphony No.3.


The Romanian composer Enescu has been celebrated with the Enescu Festival in Bucharest since 1958. This year’s festival will be the twenty-second edition, and will feature dozens of concerts by leading orchestras and performers, most including works by Enescu.

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Leo Hussain conducts Theater an der Wien's season-opening concert

27 August 2015

On 10 September 2015, Leo Hussain conducts the Wiener Virtuosen in the opening concert of the season at the Theater an der Wien. The programme for this concert includes Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale and Frid's Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank, staged by Reto Nickler with soprano Juliane Banse. An annual visitor to the theatre, Hussain’s most recent productions have included La mere coupable, Iphigenie en Aulide, and Béatrice et Bénédict, and he will return again in the 2016/17 season for a new opera production.


Further highlights this season include Hussain's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut with Enescu's Oedipe, the world premiere of Frankenstein at La Monnaie, a return to Santa Fe for Capriccio, Don Giovanni at the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, and Le nozze di Figaro for Gothenburg Opera.


Hussain then returns to the Enescu Festival in Bucharest for a concert performance of Berg’s Wozzeck on 14 September, with Michael Volle in the title role and Evelyn Herlitzius as Marie. This follows on from his hugely successful appearance at the 2013 festival when he conducted Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. Following this, Hussain remains in Bucharest to conduct two staged performances of Oedipe on September 18 and 20 with the Bucharest National Opera; a title he will conduct again later in the season when he makes his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut.

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Leo Hussain: final performance of The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne

13 July 2015

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The final performance of The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne, conducted by Leo Hussain, takes place on 19 August. The production, directed by Fiona Shaw, has had outstanding success since opening on 5 July, and Hussain and the orchestra have been particularly praised as “exceptional” (Times), creating “an instrumental world of glittering richness” (London Evening Standard). The production marked Hussain’s debut at Glyndebourne.


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"The small ensemble of players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra play with virtuoso flair for conductor Leo Hussain”
Financial Times


“In the pit, conductor Leo Hussain embraces Britten’s crude contrasts with exceptional playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra”
Times


“Leo Hussain's observant conducting of a 13-piece ensemble made up of members of the London Philharmonic displays both the taut economy and the richness of atmosphere that help maintain the score’s potent musical tension”
Guardian


"All this knife-edge tension cuts through the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s febrile playing, admirably conducted by Leo Hussain and pitched at key moments to a level of batsqueak pianissimo – intimacies which the audience can barely overhear."
Daily Telegraph


"The strongest character, however, is Britten’s orchestra — a mere 13 players from the London Philharmonic, who create an instrumental world of glittering richness."
London Evening Standard


"Leo Hussain conducts a chamber section of the LPO with real attention to Britten’s sharply imagined instrumental detail, and above all to the beautiful combinations he finds between individual instruments and individual voices”
The Arts Desk


“Leo Hussain and a dozen musicians from the London Philharmonic provide exquisite accompaniment”
Bachtrack

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Leo Hussain conducts Eugene Onegin at Bayerische Staatsoper with Alisa Kolosova as Olga

12 July 2015

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Leo Hussain returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for two performances of Eugene Onegin on 26 and 29 July, with Alisa Kolosova in the role of Olga. The cast also stars Anna Netrebko as Tatjana, Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin and Günther Groissböck as Gremin. The production is directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski.


Hussain has previously conducted the same production of Eugene Onegin at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and L’elisir d’amore. His highlights next season include his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut and returns to La Monnaie and Santa Fe.


Alisa Kolosova has performed regularly at the Bayerische Staatsoper since her acclaimed debut there in 2010:


“Here, undoubtedly, a new jewel in the opera world is developing: a glamorous, beautiful and sensual timbered voice and in all situations technically outstanding with highly musical phrasing”
Fabiuskulturschockblog, October 2010


Future highlights for Kolosova include performances of Samson et Dalila at Theatre Basel with Maxim Aksenov, a return to Bayerische Staatsoper and her company debuts with Dutch National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Leo Hussain: Oper Frankfurt wins Best Overall Opera Performance at Bachtrack Opera Awards

10 July 2015

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Bachtrack Opera Awards

Oper Frankfurt’s production of Weinburg The Passenger, which was conducted by Leo Hussain, has won the Best Overall Performance Award at the Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015. In its review of the production, Bachtrack commented that “this Frankfurt production has powerfully shown us, The Passenger deserves to be numbered amongst the most important works of the 20th century.” Oper Frankfurt fought off several other productions, including English National Opera’s The Mastersingers of Nuremburg, which featured a star turn by Iain Paterson as Hans Sachs.


Hussain is currently conducting Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, which has received rave reviews.

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Iain Paterson & Leo Hussain: Best Overall Opera Performance at Bachtrack Opera Awards nominations

07 July 2015

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Bachtrack Opera Awards

Iain Paterson and Leo Hussain star in and conduct two productions nominated for Best Overall Opera Performance at the 2015 Bachtrack Opera Awards, chosen from 400 operas reviewed by the website over the course of the 2014-15 season.


English National Opera’s production of The Mastersingers of Nuremburg has been nominated for the award, in which Iain Paterson gave a critically-acclaimed performance that led to a nomination for Best Male Singer last week:


“Iain Paterson gave a towering performance as the shoemaker Hans Sachs. So clear is his diction and so natural is the way he weaves the speech cadences into his singing that you get the uncanny impression that Paterson is just one of your mates talking to you in the pub, until you sit up and realise that what you are hearing is still opera, with legato notes coming out resolute and true.”
Bachtrack


“Paterson brings an authentically heroic sound and authority to the higher reaches, coupled with a clarity of diction that makes his monologues compelling. There’s a sense of a real person in his portrayal of the cobbler…”
Guardian 


Also nominated is Weinberg’s The Passenger at Frankfurt Opera, which was conducted by Leo Hussain. In its review, Bachtrack commented that "One might have thought it close to impossible that such a theme could be treated effectively through the medium of opera. But what makes this production exceptional is the realism of the work, as much in its libretto as in the effect of its music". Hussain is currently conducting Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, for which he has received rave reviews:


"All this knife-edge tension cuts through the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s febrile playing, admirably conducted by Leo Hussain and pitched at key moments to a level of batsqueak pianissimo – intimacies which the audience can barely overhear."
Daily Telegraph, 5 stars


“Leo Hussain and a dozen musicians from the London Philharmonic provide exquisite accompaniment”
Bachtrack


"Leo Hussain, in his Festival debut, draws not only glistening colours but also a finely projected and sculpted sound from the London Philharmonic Orchestra players."
The Stage


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Leo Hussain makes his Glyndebourne debut with The Rape of Lucretia

21 June 2015

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Leo Hussain makes his Glyndebourne Festival debut conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia on 5 July 2015. Fiona Shaw’s production features a cast which includes Christine Rice as Lucretia, Allan Clayton as Male Chorus and Kate Royal as Female Chorus. Performances run until 19 August.


This debut closes a hugely successful season for Hussain, which has seen him conduct Gounod Faust at the Berliner Staatsoper, Weinberg The Passenger at Frankfurt Opera and Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride and Milhaud La mère coupable at the Theater an der Wien.


Following Glyndebourne, Hussain returns to the Bavarian State Opera for two performances of Eugene Onegin on 26 and 29 July. Highlights next season for Hussain include his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut and returns to La Monnaie and Santa Fe.

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Leo Hussain conducts La mère coupable at Theater an der Wien

24 April 2015

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Leo Hussain conducts La mère coupable with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at Theater an der Wien on 8 May 2015. With a libretto by Madeleine Milhaud, the opera is based on the final play in Beaumarchais’ Figaro trilogy. The production is directed by Herbert Föttinger and features a cast including Markus Butter, Mireille Delunsch, Frederikke Kampmann, Aris Argiris and Angelika Kirchschlager. Performances run until 17 May.


Following this, Hussain makes his debut at Glyndebourne, where he conducts Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia from 5 July.

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Leo Hussain conducts The Passenger at Frankfurt Opera

20 February 2015

Leo Hussain will conduct Weinberg’s The Passenger at Frankfurt Opera in performances running from 6-28 March. This new production, directed by Anselm Weber, is based on Zofia Posmysz's autobiographical novel and draws on his traumatic experiences of war as a concentration camp survivor. Although the work was completed in 1968, it didn’t receive its premiere until 2006, in concert, in Moscow, with the first fully staged performances taking place later that year at the Bregenz Festival.


This summer, Hussain will make his debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera when he conducts Fiona Shaw's production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia betwen 5 July and 19 August.

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Leo Hussain conducts three concerts with Pacific Symphony Orchestra

27 December 2014

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Leo Hussain returns to America to conduct the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in three concerts on 8, 9 and 10 January, in a programme of Takemitsu Requiem, Sibelius Symphony No.2 and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich.


Following this Hussain will conduct the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, with future operatic highlights this season to include Weinberg’s The Passenger for Frankfurt Opera, Eugene Onegin for Munich State Opera and his debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera with The Rape of Lucretia.

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Leo Hussain conducts South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in tour of the Netherlands

28 November 2014

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Leo Hussain conducts the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in six concerts on a tour around the Netherlands between 12 and 21 December. The tour takes in Maastricht (12 December), Eindhovem (13 December), Heelen (14 December), Breda (19 December), S-Hertogenbosch (20 December) and Tilburg (21 December).


The programme for these concerts will include Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No.3 with soloist Isabelle van Keulen and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1 ‘Winterdromen’.

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Leo Hussain conducts Faust at the Berliner Staatsoper

09 November 2014

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Following his performances of Tosca and Aida at the theatre last season, Leo Hussain returns to the Berliner Staatsoper this autumn to conduct Karsten Wiegend's production of Gounod's Faust.


Opening on 23 November, the cast includes Massimo Giordano, René Pape, Alfredo Daza and Marina Poplavskaya.


Hussain has recently been appointed as Principal Conductor of Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, and he will also return to the Theater an der Wien for Milhaud's La mère coupable. Next summer he will make his debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera with Britten's The Rape of Lucrecia.

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Leo Hussain returns to Theater an der Wien for Iphigénie en Tauride

02 October 2014

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Leo Hussain returns to the Theater an der Wien for Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, a new production directed by Torsten Fischer. The production opens on 16 October and runs until 29 October.


Further highlights this season for Hussain include Gounod Faust at the Berlin Staatsoper, Weinberg The Passenger at Frankfurt Opera , his debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera with Britten The Rape of Lucretia and a further return to the Theater an der Wien for Milhaud La mère coupable.

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Leo Hussain conducts NHK Symphony Orchestra in three performances

04 July 2014

Leo Hussain conducts the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo on 18 July with subsequent performances on 19 July in Osaka and 20 July in Ehime.


The programme for all three concerts includes Mozart’s Symphony No.41 ('Jupiter') in addition to the Overture from Così fan tutte and three works by Ravel.


Upcoming highlights for Hussain include conducting the Auckland Philharmonia on 28 August and a production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide et Tauride at the Theater an der Wien in October 2014.

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Leo Hussain appointed Principal Conductor of Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie

03 February 2014

Leo Hussain has been appointed Principal Conductor of Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie. He will leave his current position as Music Director at the Landestheater Salzburg at the end of the season and begins his new tenure in Rouen in September 2014.


During his five years in Salzburg, Hussain has achieved a great deal of success, overseeing a significant broadening of repertoire and helping to achieve a substantial transition in the international profile of the house. He has assisted in attracting artists of the highest calibre and transformed the sound of the orchestra, a feat which has been recognised through awards including the Salzburger Nachrichten ‘Theatre Experience of 2012’ award for his production of Wozzeck, and also through critical acclaim:


“Leo Hussain urged the orchestra to volumes and dazzling effects rarely heard in Salzburg.”
Bayerischer Rundfunk 


Hussain’s achievements over the past few years have not only been confined to his work in Salzburg. During his time as Music Director, he has also been engaged as a guest conductor in many of the most prestigious opera houses throughout the world, including the Berlin Staatsoper, La Monnaie, the Bayersiche Staatsoper and the Theater an der Wien. He has also worked regularly with the orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Philharmonic and Radio Symphonieorchester Wien.


Hussain’s most recent highlights include Falstaff at the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, his American operatic debut with La traviata at Santa Fe, L’elisir d’amore at the Bayersiche Staatsoper, Béatrice et Bénédict at the Theater an der Wien and Aida and Tosca at the Berliner Staatsoper. Symphonic highlights include concerts with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, Essener Philharmoniker and a major project at the Enescu Festival, Bucharest, conducting Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. In future seasons, Leo will make his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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