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Jader Bignamini Conductor

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Born in Crema (Italy), Jader Bignamini studied at the Piacenza Music Conservatory. Music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he is conducting his second complete season in 2022/23. 

He conducted works such as Manon Lescaut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Eugene Onegin at the Stadttheater in Klagenfurt, Turandot at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Il Trovatore and Aida at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, La Bohème at Municipal in São Paulo and La Fenice in Venice, L’elisir d’amore in Ancona, Tosca at the Comunale in Bologna, La Forza del destino at the Verdi Festival in Parma, Madama Butterfly at La Fenice in Venice… He also performed at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca and the MITO Festival (Milan-Turin). In 2013, he assisted Riccardo Chailly for a series of concerts of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Milan.

He made his concert debut at La Scala, Milan in 2015. In 2019 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Vienna Staatsoper and the Dutch National Opera with Madama Butterfly and conducted La forza del destino at the Frankfurt Opera, Cavalleria rusticana at the Michigan Opera-Theatre, La Bohème at the Santa Fe Opera and La Traviata in Tokyo. During summer 2021, he conducted Turandot at the Verona Arena as well as a stage production of Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Pesaro Festival. 

Highlights of the season 2021/22 include his debut with the Canadian Opera Company in Gianni Schicchi and Rigoletto at the Frankfurt Opera, as well as concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Symphony orchestras of Houston and New Jersey, the Residentie Orkest in the Hague and the Symphony Orchestra of Bern. 

This season sees his debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin with Simon Boccanegra. He remains resident conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica la Verdi, having been appointed assistant conductor in 2010 by Riccardo Chailly.

Paris Opera debut

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  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 16 January to 07 February 2024

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