Philippe Jordan Named as Music Director Designate of the Opéra National de Paris
October 12, 2007
© Johannes Ifkovits 2007
Jordan, 32, the son of the late conductor Armin Jordan, will join the Paris Opera beginning with its 2009-10 season. He currently holds the title of principal guest conductor at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden, in addition to being a regular in European and American opera houses. He previously served as chief conductor of Graz Opera. This season, he conducts the Met's performances of Le Nozze di Figaro before making his debut with the New York Philharmonic. Next season, he is slated to pace a Ring cycle at the Zurich opera house.
Per his appointment, Jordan effectively replaces conductor James Conlon, who in 2004 stepped down as the Paris Opéra's music director to assume the same position with Los Angeles Opera. Since then, the French company has relied on a spate of guest conductors to fill the role. Jordan's appointment will find him beginning his tenure concurrent to that of the company's new director, Nicolas Joel, who was announced last December as the successor to Gérard Mortier.
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