About

JORDAN DE SOUZA

 

Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza completed a four-year term at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2020. During this time, he collaborated with renowned director Barrie Kosky on four critically acclaimed new productions: Pelléas et Mélisande, La bohème, Weinberger’s Frühlingsstürme and Candide.

 

A successful collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera on Strauss Der Rosenkavalier in 2021 led the orchestra to engage him to conduct Dvořák Cello Concerto and Brahms Symphony No. 4 in their Royal Festival Hall
series this season. In his native Canada, this season he returned to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre symphonique de Québec and made debuts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra. This season he made his debut with Seattle Opera conducting Tristan und Isolde for the first time, as well as his Italian debut conducting the Orchestra della Toscana.

 

Jordan recently conducted Die Zauberflöte at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Rigoletto for Houston Grand Opera and last season conducted Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at the Chicago Lyric Opera, Don Giovanni at Opernhaus Zürich, Wagner Der fliegende Holländer at Nationaltheater Mannheim and La bohème at the 2022 Glyndebourne Festival. This season saw him conduct Carmen at Dutch National Opera, a new production of La Périchole at Theater an der Wien, Die Zauberflöte at Oper Köln and La bohème at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jordan’s recent concert appearances have included Berlioz Symphonie fantastique with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, the world première of Simon Bertrand’s Weltengeist along with Shostakovich Symphony
No. 9 with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducting George Walker Address for Orchestra, Barber Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4.

In 2016 Jordan was invited to join the staff of the Komische Oper Berlin where he has conducted Don Giovanni, La traviata, Petrushka, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Eugene Onegin and Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Born in Toronto, Jordan studied conducting at McGill University, Montreal and made his conducting debut aged 20 with Bach St John Passion. On graduating, he joined the McGill faculty from 2011-2015 and went on to conduct several
important choral works including Bach St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B minor, and the Verdi, Mozart, and Fauré Requiem. During this time, he was also Conductor in Residence of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, conducting
three world premières.