French conductor Marc Minkowski made his Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, conducting Idomeneo and La traviata. He returns in the 2017/18 Season to conduct Don Giovanni.
Minkowski first trained as a bassoonist, and later studied conducting with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School. He founded Les Musiciens du Louvre in 1982 at the age of 19. Opera credits have included Die Entführung aus dem Serail,Mitridate, re di Ponto, Così fan tutte and Die Fledermaus(Salzburg Festival), Lucio Silla (La Scala, Milan), La Cenerentola, Les Huguenots, Don Quichotte and Il trovatore (La Monnaie, Brussels), L’incoronazione di Poppea, Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Don Giovanni (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Agrippina, Les Boréades, Fidelio and La Favorite (Zürich), Platée, Iphigénie en Tauride, Die Zauberflöte, Idomeneo and Mireille (Paris Opéra), Die Feen, Carmen and La Belle Hélène (Théatre du Châtelet), Pelléas et Mélisande and Cendrillon (Opéra-Comique), Alcina (Vienna State Opera with Les Musiciens du Louvre), Roméo et Juliette, Faust and Gluck’s Iphigénie operas (Dutch National Opera), Hamlet (Theater an der Wien), Robert le diable and Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Berlin State Opera) and Don Giovanni (San Francisco Opera). In 2016 he became General Manager of Opéra National de Bordeaux, where work includes La Vie Parisienne, Pelléas et Mélisande and Mârouf, savetier de Caire.
Along with many performances with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski has conducted leading European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Dresden Staatskapelle. He was artistic director of the Salzburg Mozartwoche (2013–17) and is the founder of the Ré Majeure Festival.
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