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Marc Soustrot, our favourite conductor from France, was on top form as usual – and the musicians love him for that (…). And there is something else that other conductors (…) rarely give: heart. Stuttgarter Zeitung
Marc Soustrot is considered a specialist of French orchestral literature. He is also well-known for his deep involvement in contemporary music, which he has cultivated since the beginning of his career. He has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire (1976 – 1994), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn (1995 – 2003) and Het Brabants Orkest Eindhoven (1996 – 2006). He has been chief conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra since the 2011/12 season and of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra since the 2015/16 season. The Danish city of Aarhus has been named European Capital of Culture in 2017.
As a guest conductor, Soustrot has worked with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Filharmonie Antwerpen, Residentie Orkest Den Haag and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Barcelona, Warsaw and Tokyo.
Marc Soustrot has many years of experience in the opera world and a vast operatic repertoire, including works such as Don Giovanni, Carmen, Werther, Pelléas et Mélisande, operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Jacques Offenbach, as well as Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Furthermore he has successfully conducted a number of contemporary operas, such as Ernst Krenek’s Karl V. He has worked with the orchestras of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Teatro Real Madrid, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie de Munt, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen and the Norwegian National Opera Oslo.
In 2012 he garnered much praise for his interpretation of Francis Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites at the Royal Swedish Opera and the Stuttgart Opera. Returning to Stuttgart, he recently conducted Götterdämmerung, Siegfried, Der Rosenkavalier, Bizet’s Carmen and Gounod's Faust. In 2015 he gave his successful debut conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in a new production of Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (staging: Álex Ollé/La Fura dels Baus) at the Semperoper Dresden and later continued his successful collaboration with Álex Ollé with Honnegger's Jeanne d'arc au Bûcher at the Oper Frankfurt.
During the 2017/18 season he will lead Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in Stockholm as well as a revival of Gounod’s Faust in Stuttgart. A further highlight will be a tour of Berlioz’ Damnation de Faust with Sophie Koch, Paul Groves, Bryn Terfel, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the MDR Radio Choir bringing them to De Singel in Antwerp, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
Marc Soustrot has conducted on a number of prize-winning CDs and is currently recording the complete symphonic work of Camille Saint-Saëns with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra for Naxos. In 2008 he was honoured with the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Born in Lyon, Soustrot studied trombone and piano at the Conservatoire de Lyon until 1969, when he began training as a conductor with Manuel Rosenthal in Paris.
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