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Philippe Jordan

About this Artist

Coming from an artistic Swiss family, Philippe Jordan is regarded as one of the most established and important conductors of our time, with a career that has taken him to all the world’s major opera houses, festivals, and orchestras.

He has been Music Director of the Wiener Staatsoper since September 2020 and opened his first season with new productions of Madama ButterflyParsifal, and Macbeth along with revivals of Der Rosenkavalier and Le nozze di Figaro. This season, he will conduct new productions of Don Giovanni, Wozzek, and Tristan und Isolde, as well as revivals of Parsifal, Rosenkavalier, and Capriccio.

Philippe Jordan’s career on the podium began as Kapellmeister at Germany’s Stadttheater Ulm and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. From 2001 to 2004, he was principal conductor of Graz Opera and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. During that period, he also debuted at several of the world’s leading opera houses and festivals, such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne, and Salzburg.  From 2006 to 2010, he returned to the Berlin State Opera as principal guest conductor. In the summer of 2012, he debuted at the Bayreuth Festival with Parsifal, which he followed up in 2017 with Bayreuth’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which he continued to conduct in subsequent years. 

Between 2009 and 2021, Jordan was musical director of the Opéra National de Paris, where he conducted numerous premieres and revivals, including Moses und Aron, La damnation de Faust, Der Rosenkavalier, Samson et Dalila, Lohengrin, Don Carlos (original French version), Les Troyens, Don Giovanni, a new production of Borodin’s Prince Igor, and Wagner’s “Ring” cycle in a concert version. 

From 2014 to 2020, Jordan has also been principal conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker. Together with the orchestra he has developed complete cycles of Schubert’s symphonies, Beethoven’s symphonies and piano concertos, a cycle of Bach’s masses and oratorios, and contrast-filled programs of Bruckner´s last three symphonies coupled with modern classics by Kurtág, Ligeti, and Scelsi.

In the symphonic field, Jordan has conducted the world’s most famous orchestras, including the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and the symphony orchestras of Seattle, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Minnesota, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. 

His upcoming orchestra engagements include the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Webern Symphonie Orchester.