“He directed the massive machinery of voices and instruments with military precision and preternatural self-assurance and aplomb. He had a clear vision for this sprawling, operatic work [Verdi’s Requiem] as the journey of a tormented soul from death to eternal light, and he executed it confidently from the first note to the last.”
Natasha Gauthier Ottawa Citizen
Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza is currently Erster Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin. Following a highly successful collaboration with director Barrie Kosky in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande in 2017, they will join forces again in the forthcoming season for new productions of Candide and La bohème. In addition, he will tour Australia and New Zealand with Die Zauberflöte, conducting the Auckland Philharmonia, West Australian Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
This season on the concert platform includes debuts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy in Mozart and Mendelssohn; he will also return to the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal) with a programme featuring Schumann, Sibelius, and Delius.
In 2017-18, Jordan conducted 28 performances of Carmen with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in a highly successful production at the Bregenzer Festspiele, which resulted in a re-invitation to conduct a new production of Rigoletto in 2019. Future seasons also see him make debuts at the Staatsoper Hannover, the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), and Houston Grand Opera.
Born in Toronto, Jordan studied conducting at McGill University (Montreal) and made his conducting debut aged 20 with Bach's St. John Passion. Upon graduation he joined the McGill faculty from 2011 to 2015 and went on to conduct several important oratorios including the St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B-Minor, and Requiem of Verdi, Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé. During this time, he was also Conductor in Residence of Tapestry Opera (Toronto), conducting the world premieres of three full-length operas.
Jordan 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 Petrushka, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Eugene Onegin, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Don Giovanni as well as, in concert, Beethoven's Fourth Symphony and Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Schreker's Kammersymphonie, and Stravinsky's Symphony for Wind Instruments.