Music Director Johannes Debus

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German-born conductor Johannes Debus was appointed Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company in 2009, having already established himself in many of the great opera houses and festivals of Europe. He made his COC debut in 2008 conducting War and Peace, and has captivated Toronto and international critics alike in the years since his appointment to the COC. In recent seasons with the COC, he has conducted Barbara Monk Feldman’s Pyramus and Thisbe (with Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda), as well as Wagner’s Siegfried and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

When he is not conducting at the COC, Mr. Debus is very active with international engagements that include appearances with the BBC Proms, the orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Aspen, the National Arts Centre, Houston, and Toronto, at the Spoleto, Bregenz and Tanglewood festivals, and at opera companies that include San Francisco, Berlin Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Frankfurt, and Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others. Most recently, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Salome.

Mr. Debus returns to the COC podium this season to conduct Ariodante, Götterdämmerung, and Louis Riel.


Photos: (top) Music Director Johannes Debus and the COC Orchestra; (middle) Music Director Johannes Debus. Photo credits: (top) Michael Cooper, 2009; (middle) Bo Huang, 2012.