French conductor Marc Minkowski made his Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, conducting Idomeneo and La traviata. He returns in the 2017/18 Season to conduct Don Giovanni.
Minkowski first trained as a bassoonist, and later studied conducting with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School. He founded the acclaimed Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble in 1982 at the age of 19. Minkowski’s opera credits have included Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mitridate, re di Ponto, Così fan tutte and Die Fledermaus (Salzburg Festival), La Cenerentola, Les Huguenots, Don Quichotte and Il trovatore (La Monnaie, Brussels), L’incoronazione di Poppea, Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Don Giovanni (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Agrippina, Les Boréades, Fidelio and La Favorite (Zürich), Platée, Iphigénie en Tauride, Die Zauberflöte, Idomeneo and Mireille (Paris Opéra), Die Feen, Carmen and La Belle Hélène (Théatre du Châtelet), Pelléas et Mélisande and Cendrillon (Opéra-Comique), Alcina (Vienna State Opera with Les Musiciens du Louvre), Roméo et Juliette, Faust and Gluck’s Iphigénie operas (Dutch National Opera), Hamlet (Theater an der Wien) and Roberto le diable and Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Berlin State Opera).
In addition to his work in Baroque and Classical repertories, Minkowski has explored many 20th-century masterpieces with leading European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Dresden Staatskapelle. He is artistic director of the Salzburg Mozartwoche and founder of the Ré Majeure Festival.
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We spoke to the conductor about his Royal Opera debut, Mozart, Verdi and his love of horses.