It is with great excitement that Étude Arts announces the general management of conductor Jordan de Souza effective immediately.
Jordan de Souza joins the Komische Oper Berlin in 2017 as Kapellmeister after just one season with the company as Studienleiter (Head of Music Staff). Artistic Director and General Manager of the Komische Oper, Barrie Kosky, said: “Jordan de Souza is a very talented and extremely interesting young conductor, who has both musical and theatre blood in his veins. We are very happy to welcome him as our next Kapellmeister.”
During the 2016-17 season, Jordan de Souza leads thirteen performances of a new production of Carmen with the Vienna Symphony at the Bregenz Festival (Austria), and conducts Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, and symphonic programs at the Komische Oper Berlin. In his native Canada, he takes the podium for Don Giovanni with l’Opéra de Montréal and l’Orchestre Métropolitain, and appears in return engagement with Symphony Nova Scotia. In May 2017, Mr. de Souza gives the world premiere of The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. at Tapestry Opera, where he has previously conducted two critically-acclaimed world premieres in collaboration with Scottish Opera (M’dea Undone and Rocking Horse Winner), also developing several other new operas in workshop with composers and librettists.
Mr. de Souza has worked with leading international opera directors including Stefan Herheim (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Robert Carsen (Dialogues des Carmélites), Claus Guth (Le nozze di Figaro), John Caird (La bohème), Kirill Serebrennikov (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Tim Albery (M’dea Undone), Olivier Tambosi (Amleto), Kasper Holten (Carmen), and Morris Panych (The Overcoat). On the concert stage, where he is a highly sought-after collaborator by orchestras and singers, Jordan de Souza has given performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Ottawa Symphony at the National Arts Centre, Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C-minor, Fauré’s Requiem, and Bach’s Magnificat with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association, and Handel’s Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia.