Leo Hussain

Leo Hussain came to international attention in 2009, when he was appointed as Music Director at the Landestheater Salzburg and also made a sensational debut at Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, in a universally acclaimed new production of Ligeti Le Grand Macabre by La Fura dels Baus. Following this, Hussain has quickly been invited to some of the world’s major orchestras and opera houses, including the Wiener Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Berliner Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, English National Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, Frankfurt Opera and several projects at La Monnaie. Recent highlights include Hussain’s American operatic debut with La Traviata at Santa Fe, debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, for L’elisir d’amore as well as returns to the Theater an der Wien for Béatrice et Bénédict and the Berliner Staatsoper for Aida and Tosca. His 12/13 season in Salzburg included Tristan und Isolde, Die Fledermaus and Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek. Recent symphonic highlights include concerts with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, Essener Philharmoniker and a major project at the Enescu Festival, Bucharest, conducting Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. In 2013 Hussain makes his debut at the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, with Verdi’s Falstaff, returns to Opera Frankfurt for Tosca and, in Salzburg, conducts productions of Eugene Onegin, La Clemenza di Tito and Saariaho’s Emilie. Symphonic highlights include concerts with the WDR Cologne, NHK Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Prague Philharmonia and Luxembourg Philharmonic orchestras. In 2014 Hussain returns to Theater an der Wien, Frankurt Opera, La Monnaie and Berlin Staatsoper and makes his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Leo Hussain received his training at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, and has since built up close working relationships with some of the world’s finest conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. His operatic career began in 2004 as Head of Music for English Touring Opera’s spring tours, and he subsequently conducted widely in the UK including with Glyndebourne on Tour and Opera North. Following this, he began a regular relationship with the Salzburg Festival, where he assisted Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for Pelléas et Mélisande, Gergiev and the Wiener Philharmoniker for Benvenuto Cellini, Muti for Otello and Die Zauberflöte, and Nezet-Seguin for Roméo et Juliette. He also assisted at the Opéra de Paris and Aix-en-Provence Festival. Performed at the Festival in 2014.