Ludwig Van Toronto: Conductor Jordan de Souza Named Head Of Music At Komische Oper Berlin

Michael Vincent, Feb 10, 2016 (Toronto)

Tapestry New Opera resident conductor Jordan de Souza has been appointed as Studienleiter (Head of Music) at Germany’s Komische Oper Berlin (KOB), beginning August 1, 2016.

KOB was founded in 1947 by Walter Felsenstein, and specializes in German language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. It was recently awarded “Opera Company of the Year” by the International Opera Awards in London, 2015.

De Souza, who recently made debuts with COC (Figaro) and National Ballet of Canada (Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet), will lead eight productions with the KOB throughout the 2016/17 season.

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It takes big talent and a youthful sensibility to bring opera into the 21st century, and Toronto-based Tapestry Opera is banking on Corktown resident Jordan de Souza having both.

The opera company is now entering its 36th season, with de Souza taking the reins as conductor in residence. The St. Michael’s Choir School graduate certainly has musical chops. In 2008, he was awarded the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Fellowship Degree at 19, becoming the youngest recipient of the honour ever.