Alexander Soddy Conductor

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Born in Oxford, Alexander Soddy was trained at the London Royal Academy of Music, the Cambridge University and London National Opera Studio. 

From 2010 to 2012, he was Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hamburg, where he made his debut during season 2008/09 in The Magic Flute, before conducting La Bohème, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust and Carmen. He was music director of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt from 2013 to 2016, where he conducted, among others, Der Rosenkavalier and Macbeth. In 2014/15, he made his debut at the Frankfurt and Cologne Operas.

These past seasons, he has regularly worked with the orchestras of Staatsoper Munich (The Magic Flute, La Bohème), Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (The Magic Flute, Der Freischütz, La Bohème, Fidelio), Staatsoper Vienna (The Barber of Seville, Elektra, Salomé, Carmen). Other projects led him to the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Royal Swedish Opera (La Bohème, Madama Butterfly), the Semperoper Dresden (Der Freischütz) and the English National Opera (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

From 2016 to 2022, he was musical director of the Mannheim National Theatre, where he conducted new productions of Tristan und Isolde, Der Ring des Nibelungen, and revivals of The Flying Dutchman and Hänsel and Gretel. Since season 2022/23, he has been the artistic director of the Akademiekonzerte of Mannheim.

He also made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Salomé, and returned to the Vienna Staatsoper with The Magic Flute, Elektra, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Carmen, and to Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin with Madama Butterfly and Der Rosenkavalier. He conducted symphonic concerts in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and in Denmark with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.

During the 23/24 season, he will conduct Otello, Elektra, Hansel und Gretel, Lohengrin at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House in London.

At the Paris Opera: Peter Grimes, 2023

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