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Alexander Joel



English conductor Alexander Joel made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 conducting La bohème and has since conducted La traviata, La bohème, Carmen and Rigoletto. In the 2018/19 Season he returns to conduct Tosca.

Joel studied law and French at King’s College London, piano and composition at the Vienna Academy of Music and conducting at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. In 1996 he was a prize-winner at the European Conducting Competition in Spoleto. He was Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein 2001–07 and General Music Director of Braunschweig State Theatre 2007–14, where productions included Salome, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier and Parsifal. Further engagements include Macbeth for Royal Danish Opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen in Wiesbaden, Das Wunder der Heliane, Otello, Don Giovanni and Simon Boccanegra for Opera Vlaanderen, Faust for Semperoper Dresden, Luisa Miller and La traviata for Hamburg State Opera, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Don Giovanni and Tosca for Royal Swedish Opera, along with appearances for companies including the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New National Theatre, Tokyo, and Norwegian National Opera.

Joel widely conducts in concert, working with orchestras including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Montpellier, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

News and features

Watch: Why Verdi's opera Rigoletto is like Star Wars

17 January 2018
Watch: Why Verdi's opera <em>Rigoletto</em> is like <em>Star Wars</em>

Conductor Alexander Joel reveals the musical secrets of one of the repertory's best known works.