Alejo Pérez

conductor

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General Management

CR Karim Khawatmi

Dates

20.09. 18:30
Opera Gent

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

23.09. 15:00
Opera Gent

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

26.09. 18:30
Opera Gent

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

28.09. 18:30
Opera Gent

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

07.10. 18:30
Opera Antwerpen

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

10.10. 18:30
Opera Antwerpen

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

14.10. 15:00
Opera Antwerpen

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

17.10. 18:30
Opera Antwerpen

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

20.10. 18:30
Opera Antwerpen

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

23.10. 18:30
Opera Antwerpen

Richard Wagner,  Lohengrin

Liene Kinča, soprano
Zoran Todorovich, tenor
David Alden, stage direction
Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Alejo Pérez, conductor

biography

Alejo Pérez, conductor

The conductor took the singers by the hand through the performance: (…) Peréz created a distinctness from the velvety tone of the Viennese players, characteristic of the French need for clarity. (...) Instead of grand drama, he created an atmosphere where every individual moment was sensuous. Neue Zürcher Zeitung

As a conductor, Alejo Pérez possesses an inherent stylistic awareness and the ability to bring every detail of the most complex score to life. This has consistently secured him a firm place on the international opera and concert scene.

In recent seasons, Alejo Pérez has repeatedly shown his worth at the Salzburg Festival, where he conducted Massenet’s Werther in 2015 and led the Vienna Philharmonic in Gounod’s Faust in 2016, at the Téatro Colón with Parsifal and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as with his debuts at the Semperoper Dresden with Carmen and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Eugene Onegin. In the 2017/18 season he will conduct the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg for the first time in the Elbphilharmonie. He will also take the musical direction for no fewer than four new opera productions: Cherubini’s highly dramatic Medea in a new German version at the Stuttgart Opera and Weber’s Freischütz in Tokyo, both directed by Peter Konwitschny; Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Antwerp and Luxembourg in a production by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; and a world premiere of Alexander Raskatow’s GerMania at the Opéra de Lyon based on plays by Heiner Müller.

Alejo Pérez has been at the rostrum of numerous renowned orchestras in recent years, among them the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Staatsorchestra Stuttgart, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He has also collaborated with the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, Asko Schönberg Ensemble and Klangforum Wien.

The polyglot Argentinian studied both composition and conducting, in addition to piano, in his native Buenos Aires. Formative periods at the start of his career included assisting the composer Peter Eötvös, whose operas Angels in America (Théâtre du Châtelet Paris) and Lady Sarashina (Opéra de Lyon, Opéra Comique Paris) were premiered under Pérez’ direction, as well as Christoph von Dohnanyi at the NDR Symphony Orchestra, which he regularly conducted between 2005 and 2007.

Between 2009 and 2012 Alejo Pérez was musical director of the venerable Teatro Argentino de La Plata, the most distinguished Argentinian opera house after the Teatro Colón, injecting new life into it during this time. Praised by critics and audiences alike, he led new productions such as Verdi’s Don Carlos, Berlioz‘s La Damnation de Faust, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Rheingold.

Alejo Pérez was one of the main conductors at the Teatro Real Madrid from 2010 during the era of Gerard Mortier, closely working with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid for concerts with Plácido Domingo, Teresa Berganza and Ian Bostridge, and celebrated performances of Rienzi, Don Giovanni,Death in Venice, Golijov’s Ainadamar and Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico. He also enjoys long and continuous collaborations with Opéra de Lyon, where he has led Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Schreker’s Stigmatised and Stravinsky’s Nightingale among others, as well as with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (La Cenerentola, The Nose and Lulu). In addition, numerous engagements have taken him to notable international opera houses such as the Opéra de Bastille Paris, the Cologne, Frankfurt and Leipzig Operas, Norwegian National Opera, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, and La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels.

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2017/18 season

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Reviews

Contributing most to the success was Alejo Pérez, leading the Opera Vlaanderen’s orchestra with a keen eye for detail whilst retaining a sense of the bigger picture.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Eleonore Büning, 07/02/2018

Perez impressed as a podium talent to watch.
Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, 27/02/2017

More relaxed and joyful than Strauss, the Vienna Philharmonic and the highly-talented Alejo Pérez created a wonderful sound, treading the fine line between penetrating pathos and sentiment without becoming sweet or sensationalist. In Marguerite’s great scene, the conductor and orchestra sparkled. A great achievement.
Online Musik Magazin, Thomas Tillmann, 20/08/2016

The orchestra under the baton of Alejo Pérez played with a cool sense of lyrical detachment – the string section in particular sounding like flowing ice – yet they were not afraid to dive head-first into dramatic, violent outbursts. (…) Pérez led with admirable clarity, expertly drawing out melodic strands. (...) Tandberg’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk proves, in its first revival, an even more impactful performance than in the original run. With totally committed performances from all involved and an utterly gripping production, this is a must-see.
Bachtrack, Aksel Tollli, 04/04/2016

Alejo Perez conducted the Teatro Colón orchestra with great devotion and attention to detail. (...) The great interludes were also impressively successful.
Der neue Merker, Klaus Billand, December 2015

From Wagner’s opulence to the soft backlight of impressionism, from veristic emotional outbursts to seditiously expressionistic opalescence: under the direction of the magician Alejo Pérez who can turn frogs into princes, the orchestra of l’Opéra de Lyon brought Schreker’s visions to life.
Le Monde, 17/03/2015

Alejo Pérez was a godsend: he proves that it is still possible to bring out new elements from this incredibly complex score. His interpretation, which is committed to romanticism, allows the numerous beauties of this work to come to light with the Orchestre de l’Opéra, his musicianship is compelling and fast-paced.
Neue Musikzeitung, 15/03/2015

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Repertoire

Programme ideas

HAYDN Symphony No. 22 in E-flat major
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto in D major
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
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