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“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.” Eleonore Büning, 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, the conductor has shown his worth at the Salzburg Festival (including a performance of Gounod’s Faust with the Vienna Philharmonic), at the Teatro Colón with Parsifal and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as at the Semperoper Dresden with Carmen and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Eugene Onegin.
Alejo Pérez made a series of successful debuts in the 2017/18 season including with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie, at the Opera Vlaanderen (Pelléas et Mélisande), the Stuttgart Opera (Cherubini’s Medea) and in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra and the Nikikai Opera Company (Der Freischütz). The season ended on a high with a sold-out concert at the Teatro Colón with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and works by Debussy, Mahler, Schoenberg and Scriabin.
From the 2019/20 season Alejo Pérez will be Music Director of the Opera Vlaanderen, where he opens the current season with Lohengrin, directed by David Alden. In the 2018/19 season he will also return to the opera houses in Stuttgart (The Love for Three Oranges), Lyon (From the House of the Dead), Rome (The Fiery Angel) and Buenos Aires (Ariadne auf Naxos), and will lead the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Alejo Pérez has been at the rostrum of numerous renowned orchestras in recent years, among them the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He has also collaborated with the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, 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 and Lady Sarashina were premiered under Pérez’ direction, as well as Christoph von Dohnányi at the NDR Symphony Orchestra, which he regularly conducted.
Between 2009 and 2012 Alejo Pérez was Music Director of the venerable Teatro Argentino de La Plata, to which he brought a new lease of life. He was praised by critics and audiences alike for performances of works including Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and new productions of Nabucco, Don Carlos, La Damnation de Faust, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, 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 continues to enjoy long working relationships with the Opéra de Lyon (Pelléas et Mélisande, TheStigmatized and Raskatov’s GerMANIA) and the 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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