A regular conductor at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, Leo Hussain’s unmatched sense of musicality enables him to bring a fresh perspective to old masterpieces as well as breathing life into new scores. Currently Principal Conductor of Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, Leo Hussain was previously Music Director at the Landestheater Salzburg.
Highlights in the 2015/16 season include Hussain’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut with Enescu’s Oedipe, Sweeney Todd at La Monnaie, a return to Santa Fe for Capriccio, Don Giovanni at the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, Le nozze di Figaro for Gothenburg Opera and Oedipe for Bucharest National Opera. He also conducts Wozzeck in concert at the Enescu Festival, Bucharest, and opens the season at the Theater an der Wien with Frid’s Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank in concert.
Recent highlights include Hussain’s Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut with The Rape of Lucretia, returns to the Bavarian State Opera for Eugene Onegin with Anna Netrebko, to the Berlin Staatsoper for Gounod’s Faust, to Frankfurt for Weinberg’s The Passenger, and to the Theater an der Wien for Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Milhaud’s La mère coupable. Past highlights also include Falstaff at the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, La traviata at Santa Fe, Béatrice et Bénédict at the Theater an der Wien and Aida and Tosca at the Berliner Staatsoper. Recent symphonic highlights include concerts with the Pacific Symphony, South Netherlands Philharmonic, WDR Cologne, NHK Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Prague Philharmonia and Luxembourg Philharmonic orchestras, concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia with soprano Christine Brewer, with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie and Essener Philharmoniker and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder at the Enescu Festival, Bucharest.
Leo Hussain received his training at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, and has since built up close working relationships with some of the world’s finest conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. His operatic career began in 2004 as Head of Music for English Touring Opera’s spring tours, and he subsequently conducted widely in the UK including with Glyndebourne on Tour and Opera North. Following this, he began a regular relationship with the Salzburg Festival, where he assisted Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for Pelléas et Mélisande, Gergiev and the Wiener Philharmoniker for Benvenuto Cellini, Muti for Otello and Die Zauberflöte, and Nezet-Seguin for Roméo et Juliette.