We are delighted to announce that British conductor Julia Jones has joined our roster for worldwide general management.
Julia Jones performs regularly at many of the major European opera houses as well as appearing with a wide range of orchestras on the concert podium. Recent successes include Die Zauberflöte at the Semperoper Dresden, La Traviata with Welsh National Opera, Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Madame Butterfly at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. From 1998 – 2002 Julia was Music Director at the Basel Opera where she conducted acclaimed productions of Otello, Lohengrin, Un Ballo in Maschera and Eugene Onegin among others. More recently she was Principle Conductor of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and of the Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra (2008 – 2011). Here she conducted operas such as Fidelio, Carmen, Salome and Katya Kabanova, as well as a large and varied symphonic repertoire.
In recent years Julia Jones has appeared as a guest conductor at the Staatsoper Berlin (Otello, Aida, La Traviata, Le Nozze di Figaro), at the Wiener Staatsoper (Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Così fan tutte), the
Hamburg Staatsoper (Macbeth, Idomeneo, Otello) and at the Vienna Volksoper (Don Giovanni, La Traviata, The Adventures of Mr. Broucek, Carmen). She is a regular guest at the Frankfurt Opera where new productions include Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Damnation de Faust and Così fan tutte and she has also appeared at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg (Der fliegende Holländer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as well as at the Salzburg Festival (Die Entführung). Other significant engagements include new productions at the opera houses of Barcelona, Geneva, Palermo, Cagliari and Genoa. In 1999 Julia made her Italian debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducting a new production of Lohengrin, and was immediately re-invited to conduct Verdi’s Macbeth, as well as several symphonic concerts.
This season Julia Jones’s conducting of two new productions of Idomeneo (at the Semperoper Dresden and at Oper Frankfurt) has been met with great critical acclaim, and she will shortly return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Die Zauberflöte (for more information click here) following her huge success there in 2010 for Cosi fan tutte. Later this year Julia will return to Bordeaux to conduct a new production of Otello.