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Leo Hussain



British conductor Leo Hussain made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 conducting Enescu’s Oedipe.

Hussain studied at St John’s College, Cambridge University, and the Royal Academy of Music. He began his career in 2004 as Head of Music for English Touring Opera’s spring tours, subsequently appearing for Glyndebourne on Tour and Opera North. He also assisted Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. He spent five years as Music Director of Salzburg State Theatre and is currently Principal Conductor of Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie. Engagements as guest conductor include Faust, Tosca and Aida (Berlin State Opera), L’Heure espagnole, La vida breve, Tosca and Die Passagierin (Frankfurt Opera), L’elisir d’amore and Eugene Onegin (Bavarian State Opera), Le Grand Macabre, Kát’a Kabanová, Oedipe and Sweeney Todd (La Monnaie, Brussels), La donna del lago, Béatrice et Bénédict, Iphigénie en Aulide et Tauride and La Mère coupable (Theater an der Wien), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English National Opera) and The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne Festival), in addition to engagements with the Opéra-Comique, Paris, Mariinsky Theatre, Royal Danish Opera and Santa Fe Opera.

Hussain works regularly in concert with orchestras including NHK Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Prague Philharmonia and Vancouver Symphony. In 2013 he conducted Gurre-Lieder for the Enescu Festival, Bucharest.

News and features

Listen: Why has Enescu's operatic masterpiece Oedipe been neglected for so long?

21 April 2016
Listen: Why has Enescu's operatic masterpiece <em>Oedipe</em> been neglected for so long?

Conductor Leo Hussain on the baffling neglect of an innovative myth-inspired opera that fuses the sounds of Debussy and Wagner.