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, he will return to the Orchestre
symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre symphonique de Québec and make
debuts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Ottawa National Arts
Centre Orchestra. This season he also makes 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 sees 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
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.