English conductor Alexander Joel made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 conducting La bohème. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to The Royal Opera to conduct La traviata and La bohème, and in the 2015/16 Season he conducts Carmen for the Company.
Joel studied law and French at King’s College London, piano and composition at the Vienna Academy of Music and conducting at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. In 1996 he was a prize-winner at the European Conducting Competition in Spoleto. He was Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein 2001–07 and General Music Director of Braunschweig State Theatre 2007–14, where productions included Salome, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier and Parsifal. Further engagements include a new production of Verdi's Macbeth for Royal Danish Opera, Faust for Dresden Semperoper, Madama Butterfly for Hamburg State Opera, Rigoletto at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Die Zauberflöte for Royal Swedish Opera, and guest engagements with such opera houses as the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, New National Theatre, Tokyo, and Den Norske Opera.
In concert, Joel conducts orchestras including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Montpellier, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.