French conductor Bertrand de Billy made his Royal Opera debut in a recital with Roberto Alagna in 1995 and has since conducted Carmen, Cendrillon and Maria Stuarda for the Company. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to conduct Don Carlo and L’elisir d’amore.
De Billy was born in Paris, where he studied music, worked as an orchestral musician and began his conducting career. Significant positions have included Deputy Music Director at Vienna Volksoper (1996–8), Music Director at the Liceu, Barcelona (1999–2004), and music director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (2002–10). He regularly conducts for Berlin State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Opéra-Bastille, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Salzburg Festival and the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. His many engagements for the Liceu include Der Ring des Nibelungen, Tristan und Isolde and the major Mozart operas. Engagements elsewhere include Otello for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Capriccio for Theater an der Wien, Ariadne auf Naxos and Simon Boccanegra for Bavarian State Opera, Falstaff for Frankfurt Opera and Die Fledermaus and Faust for Vienna State Opera.
De Billy regularly appears in concert throughout Europe, with orchestras including the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Cleveland Orchestra. His many recordings include a film of La bohème with Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko and a cycle of Beethoven symphonies. De Billy is a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters.
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