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Alexander Joel



English conductor Alexander Joel made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 conducting La bohème and has since conducted La traviata, La bohème and Carmen. In the 2017/18 Season he returns to conduct Rigoletto.

Joel studied law and French at King’s College London, piano and composition at the Vienna Academy of Music and conducting at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. In 1996 he was a prize-winner at the European Conducting Competition in Spoleto. He was Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein 2001–07 and General Music Director of Braunschweig State Theatre 2007–14, where productions included Salome, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier and Parsifal. Further engagements include a new production of Verdi’s Macbeth for Royal Danish Opera, Faust for Dresden Semperoper, Madama Butterfly for Hamburg State Opera, Rigoletto at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Die Zauberflöte for Royal Swedish Opera, and guest engagements with such opera houses as the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, New National Theatre, Tokyo, and Den Norske Opera.

Joel widely conducts in concert, working with orchestras including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Montpellier, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.


News and features

Watch: Why Verdi's opera Rigoletto is like Star Wars

17 January 2018
Watch: Why Verdi's opera <em>Rigoletto</em> is like <em>Star Wars</em>

Conductor Alexander Joel reveals the musical secrets of one of the repertory's best known works.