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Louis Langrée

About this Artist

The French conductor Louis Langrée became Directeur of the Théâtre national de l’Opéra Comique in November 2021, named by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron. He has been Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center since 2003.

A regular presence in New York since his 1998 debut, Langrée has conducted around 250 performances and concerts at Lincoln Center, at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Philharmonic; he has also taught masterclasses at the Juilliard School.

Louis has guest conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Orchestre National de France, and Leipzig Gewandhaus, as well as Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. In addition to the Met, he frequently conducts at the leading opera houses including the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and at festivals including Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms, Edinburgh International, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozartwoche and Whitsun.

An advocate for the music of our time, Langrée has conducted world premieres by Magnus Lindberg, Julia Adolphe, Daníel Bjarnason, Anna Clyne, Jonathan Bailey Holland, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Nico Muhly, André Previn, Caroline Shaw, and Christopher Rouse.

After his successful debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the 22-23 season sees Louis conduct concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Orchestre de Champs-Elysees, São Paulo State Symphony, and productions of Le Nozze di Figaro at Opéra national de Paris and, after a successful debut season as Director, Zémire et Azor at Opéra Comique.

Among his recent recordings, the DVD of Thomas’ Hamlet, filmed at the Opéra Comique in Paris with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, won the “Best Recording of the Year” Award at the International Opera Awards, “Best Video Performance” at the International Classical Music Awards, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Caecilia Prize, and Diapason d’Or of the Year. His two last CD’s with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra were both nominated for "Best Orchestral Performance" at the Grammy Awards.

Louis Langrée is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and an Officier des Arts et des Lettres. A native of Alsace, France, he is an Honorary Member of the Confrérie Saint-Étienne d’Alsace, an Alsatian wine-makers’ brotherhood dating back to the 14th century.