French conductor and pianist Alain Altinoglu makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, conducting Don Giovanni.
Altinoglu was born in Paris to Armenian parents and studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where he now teaches. He regularly conducts for such opera houses and companies as the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra-Comique, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Orange festivals. He has conducted Don Giovanni for companies including Paris Opéra and Vienna State Opera. Other operas in his repertory include Le nozze di Figaro, Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlos, Rabaud’s Marouf, savetier du Caire, Manon Lescaut and Salome.
In orchestral repertory Altinoglu has conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Fenice, Venice, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra National de Lyon, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon, among others. He is active as a pianist particularly in the Lied repertory and regularly accompanies the mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch, with whom he has released a CD of songs by Henri Duparc (Cascavelle). He has recorded operas and symphonic repertory for Naïve, Universal and Deutsche Grammophon.