Israeli conductor Daniel Oren made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 conducting La bohème and has since returned to conduct Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Juive, Carmen, Rigoletto, Roméo et Juliette, La sonnambula and Robert le diable, and conducted The Royal Opera’s gala performance in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In the 2014/15 Season he conducts Un ballo in maschera for the Company.
Oren was born in Jaffa in 1955. As a child he studied piano, cello, singing and harmony. He trained as a conductor in Germany and first came to international prominence in 1975 when he won first prize in the Herbert von Karajan Competition. He made his professional debut in the USA and soon established himself in Italy, becoming resident conductor at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. He regularly conducts for Arena di Verona and for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Vienna State Opera and the opera companies of San Francisco, Paris, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. He has made many recordings for labels including Decca and Arthaus Musik. He was appointed Artist Director at the Verdi Opera House in Salerno in 2007.
Oren made his first solo appearance in 1968 at the age of 13, when Leonard Bernstein selected him to sing the treble solo in a performance of The Chichester Psalms to mark the opening of Israel Television.