“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.”



Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza is quickly making his mark on orchestras and theatres internationally. As First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin from 2017-2020, he conducted four new productions with director Barrie Kosky to critical acclaim. Highlights of the 19-20 season include new productions of The Rake’s Progress, La traviata, and Rigoletto, and a concert debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne Cup).

Recent debuts include the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Houston Grand Opera, and the Staatsorchester Hannover . Future seasons will see him make debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and at Garsington Opera with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

On the concert platform he made his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, and returned to the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and to the Bregenz Festival for Carmen with the Vienna Symphony.

Born in Toronto, Jordan studied conducting at McGill University and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, making his conducting debut aged 20 with Bach’s St John Passion. After graduating, he joined the McGill faculty from 2011 to 2015 and went on to conduct several important choral works including the St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B-Minor, and the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, and Fauré.  During this time, he was also Conductor in Residence of Tapestry Opera in 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, and 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 and Il barbiere di Siviglia and for them, in concert, has also performed Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, Emperor Concerto and Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Schreker’s Kammersymphonie.

(March 2020)