Simone Young Conductor

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Simone Young was born in Sydney. She began her career in Germany and soon found herself making guest appearances at many of the great international opera houses. 

Prior to that, she was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (2017-2020), Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998-2002), Artistic Director of the Opera Australia (2001-2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Artistic Director of the Hamburg Staatsoper and Musical Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic (2005-2015). 

She is considered by many to be a specialist of the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss and performs on the world's most prestigious stages, including the Staatsoper in Vienna and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (where she directed the full cycle of the Ring), the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

During her tenure in Hamburg, she conducted numerous world premieres of new contemporary works as well as a vast repertoire of operas (by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss, Hindemith, Britten, and Henze). She has conducted numerous musical ensembles in concert, including the Berlin, London, Munich, New York, Dresden and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, and the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra. 

During the 2021-2022 season, she conducted Salomé at the Opernhaus Zurich, Peter Grimes at the Staatsoper in Vienna and Der Rosenkavalier at the Staatoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, as well as symphonic concerts in Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, San Francisco and Lausanne.

Her recordings include Mathis der Maler and The Ring with the Hamburg Staatsoper and the entire catalogue of symphonies by Bruckner in their original version as well as the symphonies of Brahms. She will be the chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from July 2022.

Currently in

  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 12 October to 05 November 2022

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