Jordan de Souza

Maestro Jordan de Souza leads a sprightly orchestra that sparkles in innocence then roars with vengeance. Everything is taut and finely honed, diaphanous, then thick. The singers blossom under him.

Houston Press,  D. L. Groover

Si nous étions responsables du comité de sélection de l’OSM, nous convoquerions illico les membres dudit comité en délégation à assister ce soir à la Maison symphonique de Montréal au concert de l’Orchestre Métropolitain afin de superviser Jordan de Souza.

À 30 ans, le Torontois formé à l’Université McGill oeuvre comme Kapellmeister de l’Opéra comique de Berlin, l’institution la plus innovatrice et dynamique de la capitale allemande. La fulgurance et la lumineuse intelligence de son interprétation de la Symphonie « Le printemps » de Schumann prouvent une fois de plus que les musiciens d’ici savent « donner la note », comme disent certains, même sur le podium.

Le mélomane ne peut que rester pantois devant la somme de grands talents révélés récemment. Jordan de Souza possède pour le moment, en plus, ce zeste de saine folie et cette hardiesse qui parviennent à provoquer des étincelles musicales.

Le Devoir,  Christophe Huss


While the cast worked wonders collectively, the star may have been maestro Jordan de Souza. The Kapellmeister at KOB guided a Komische Oper orchestra that formed a luminous sound with Tchaikovsky’s score. One’s heart was pulled along with every melody under the baton of de Souza, who should be heard from in the future.

Opera Wire, Santosh Venkataraman

He’d be on the podium and flash his warm radiant smile, and breathe with me as I’d start to sing and I felt as if I was in the most capable hands on earth.

Toronto Star,  Adrianne Pieczonka



Hailed by The New York Times as part of “the new generation leading Berlin’s classical music scene,” Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza earned this distinction while serving as First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin from 2017 through 2020.  During this term, he collaborated with renowned director Barrie Kosky on four critically acclaimed new productions: Pelléas et Mélisande; La bohème; Weinberger’s Frühlingsstürme; and Candide.

Debuts of the 2020-21 season include Die Zauberflöte at the Bayerische Staatsoper and a new production of Der Rosenkavalier with the Garsington Opera leading the Philharmonia Orchestra.  Symphonic concerts include programs with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.

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Recent highlights have included debuts with Houston Grand Opera in Rigoletto and the Staatsoper Hannover in La bohème.  In Hannover he also conducted a concert program including Zemlinsky Lyric Symphony and Debussy La Mer.  Other recent concerts have included a return invitation to the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal with a program of Schumann, Sibelius and Delius.

Born in Toronto, Jordan de Souza studied conducting at McGill University Montreal and made his conducting debut aged 20 leading Bach’s St. John Passion.  Upon graduating, he joined the McGill faculty from 2011 to 2015 and went on to conduct several important choral works including Bach’s 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.

He 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 Don GiovanniLa traviata, PetrushkaL’enfant et les sortilègesEugene Onegin, and Il barbiere di Siviglia, while in their concert series, he has conducted Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Fourth Symphony, and Fifth Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Schreker’s Kammersymphonie. In 2017-18, he conducted 28 performances of Carmen with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in a highly successful production at the Bregenzer Festspiele.


Komische Oper Berlin, Pelléas et Mélisande


Houston Grand Opera, Rigoletto


Komische Oper Berlin, La bohème


Bregenzer Festspiele, Carmen


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