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Simon Rattle

Conductor

Biography

Simon Rattle conducts Dialogues des Carmélites for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Rattle made his Royal Opera debut in 1990 conducting The Cunning Little Vixen and has since conducted Parsifal, Sophie’s Choice and Pelléas et Mélisande for The Royal Opera. He is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rattle grew up in Liverpool and as a teenager performed in the National Youth Orchestra as a percussionist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on graduation in 1974 won the John Player International Conducting Competition. In 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Music Director of the CBSO in 1990. Rattle began his current position in Berlin in 2002, and continues to work with many other leading international orchestras, particularly the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra at the Opening of the London Olympics.

Rattle’s operatic engagements have included Der Ring des Nibelungen (Deutsche Oper Berlin), From the House of the Dead and Kát’a Kabanová (Berlin State Opera), Pelléas et Mélisande (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Der Rosenkavalier (Netherlands Opera), Tristan und Isolde (Vienna State Opera) and Carmen (Salzburg Easter Festival). He has made more than seventy recordings for EMI. His many honours include a CBE (1987), a knighthood (1994) and Honorary Doctorates from Oxford University (1999) and the RAM (2011). Rattle lives in Berlin with his wife, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, and family.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Simon Rattle on Dialogues des Carmélites

Watch: Simon Rattle on Dialogues des Carmélites

27 May 2014

The legendary English conductor discusses the universal appeal of Poulenc’s masterpiece.

Watch: 10 of our Favourite Simon Rattle clips

Watch: 10 of our Favourite Simon Rattle clips

2 May 2014

A collection of classic performances from the conductor before his return to Covent Garden for Dialogues des Carmélites.

Recommended recordings Apr 2013: New releases in the ROH Shop

Recommended recordings Apr 2013: New releases in the ROH Shop

23 April 2013

April sees new releases from Antonio Pappano and Simon Rattle among others.

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