Globe and Mail: How Jordan de Souza went from suburban Toronto to the Komische Oper Berlin

CATHERINE KUSTANCZY BERLIN
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“It’s just one more flight!”

Jordan de Souza bounces up a steep set of stairs to his office at the Komische Oper Berlin, which overlooks the thoroughfare of Behrenstrasse, not far from the historic Brandenburg Gate. It’s a long way from de Souza’s home turf of Mississauga, the Toronto suburb where he and his seven siblings were raised by music-loving Indian parents.

De Souza, who turns 30 this year, is a ball of manic energy; he walks quickly and speaks with an unbridled enthusiasm for work and life, both of which have integrated in a way many classical artists can only dream of. He and his wife, soprano Jana Miller, moved to Berlin in 2016, where he is Kapellmeister (leader of orchestra) for the Komische Oper (Comic Opera). His daughter was born in Berlin in early 2017. His German is self-taught – absorbed, he says, mainly from reading. He cycles through the immense Tiergarten (a park running through central Berlin) from his home in Charlottenburg to work almost daily. “I was lucky to feel like I belonged here really quickly,” he says, settling into an immense office chair, “and it has a lot to do with this company.”

 

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Conductor Jordan de Souza may only be 28, but he has already been a presence on the classical music scene for a decade here in Canada, and now in Europe, too.

De Souza came to conducting by way of church music. Born in Toronto, he’s a graduate of St. Michael’s Choir School. He then studied organ performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and was still a teenager when he was hired as conductor at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, a position he held until 2015.

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Jordan de Souza rooftop black and white

Berlin (MH) – Der kanadische Dirigent Jordan de Souza wird ab der Spielzeit 2017/18 Kapellmeister an der Komischen Oper Berlin (KOB). Das teilte das Haus am Montag mit. Der 28-Jährige ist seit August bereits als Studienleiter engagiert. Als Kapellmeister werde er die Einstudierung einer Neuproduktion und ein Sinfoniekonzert sowie diverse Wiederaufnahmen leiten.