Accessibility links


Sign In

Leo Hussain



British conductor Leo Hussain made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 conducting Enescu’s Oedipe.He returns in the 2019/20 Season to conduct Die Zauberflöte.

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 Landestheater and is also the former Principal Conductor of Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie. Engagements as guest conductor include Faust, Tosca and Aida (Berlin State Opera), Carmen, Die Passagierin, 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), Wozzeck, Béatrice et Bénédict, Iphigénie en Aulide et Tauride and Peer Gynt (Theater an der Wien), Boris Godunov (Gothenburg), Die tote Stadt (Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse), La Cenerentola (Norwegian National Opera), Tosca (San Francisco Opera), Capriccio (Santa Fe Opera), A Midsummer Night’s Dream(English National Opera) and The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne Festival).

Hussain works regularly in concert with orchestras including NHK Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Royal Danish Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, West Australian and Tasmanian symphony orchestras. He has also worked with the George Enescu Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic and Hamburg Symphony orchestras.

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.