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Bertrand de Billy

conductor

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Bertrand de Billy
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French and Swiss conductor Bertrand de Billy is one of the most important artists on both the opera stage and the concert platform. He is a regular guest at the Wiener Staatsoper, where he conducts in 2023-24 the new production of Les Dialogues des Carmélites, as well as Tosca, Guillaume Tell, Don Giovanni and Faust. Alongside this he returns to the Staatsoper unter den Linden with Macbeth and to the Opera de Paris with a new production of La Vestale with Lydia Steier as director. On the concert podium he gives concerts with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.

Early engagements took him to the State Operas in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra national de Paris and the opera houses in Washington and Los Angeles. He was a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1997 and at the Salzburger Festspiele from 2002. He has also appeared worldwide with leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestre de Paris, among others.  

De Billy conducts a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to numerous world premieres. Today he works just as closely with the Wiener Staatsoper, the Theater an der Wien, the Wiener Musikverein and the Wiener Konzerthaus as he does with the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Bertrand de Billy was born in Paris where he studied music and performed as a member of an orchestra before taking up conducting. He was Principal Choirmaster and Deputy Music Director at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, and then at the Volksoper Wien. He was Music Director of the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and assumed after that the same position at the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Bertrand de Billy was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester until December 2015, and of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne until the end of the 2017-18 season. Additionally, from 2014 to 2018, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie.

Numerous CD and DVD recordings document his artistic work, and he has received several prestigious awards in France and Austria.

OSR Live

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva