French-Swiss conductor Bertrand de Billy is one of the most important artists on both the opera stage and the concert platform. He is a frequent guest at the Vienna State Opera, where this season he leads the revival of Les Dialogues des Carmélites after its successful new production, along with productions of Tosca, Guillaume Tell, Don Giovanni, and Faust. Additionally, he returns to the Staatsoper unter den Linden with Macbeth and Opera de Paris with a new production of La Vestale directed by Lydia Steier. At the Salzburg Festival, he conducts the concert performances of Ambroise Thomas‘ Hamlet in the summer of 2024.On the concert stage, he performs with orchestras such as Staatskapelle Weimar, Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.

In previous seasons Bertrand de Billy conducted Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Manon, Dialogue des Carmélites, Otello, Faust, Die Fledermaus and Der fliegende Holländer at the Vienna State Opera as well as Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera, Carmen at the Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin and Don Carlos at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Der fliegende Holländer at the Bayerische Staatsoper , Don Giovanni at the Opera de Paris and at the San Francisco Opera.

Early engagements took him to the State Operas in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra National de Paris and the opera houses in Washington and Los Angeles. He was a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1997 and at the Salzburg Festival from 2002. He has also appeared worldwide with leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: Museum Orchestra Frankfurt, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, RSB Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Orchestra Copenhagen, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Suisse Romande, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and many more. and many more.

De Billy conducts a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to numerous world premieres. Today he works just as closely with the Vienna State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Vienna Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus as he does with the Bavarian State Opera.

De Billy was born in Paris, received his training in his home city and appeared here first as an orchestral musician, but very soon also as a conductor. From 1993-95 he was first Kapellmeister and deputy GMD at the Anhalt Theatre in Dessau, and from 1996-98 he held the same position at the Vienna Volksoper. In 1999-2004 he was principal conductor of the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and from 2002-2010 principal conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 2013 to 2015 he was principal guest conductor of the Frankfurt Opera and the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra and from 2013 to 2016 principal guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne from 2014 to 2018 principal guest conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic.

Numerous CD and DVD recordings document his artistic work. Bertrand de Billy is the recipient of several high awards in France and Austria.


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