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Alain Altinoglu

Music director

The French conductor Alain Altinoglu was born in Paris in 1975 and studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique, where he currently also teaches. After conducting La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra in Cendrillon (Massenet) and in various concerts, in 2016 he was appointed music director of La Monnaie. He has since led ‘his’ orchestra in various acclaimed interpretations of The Golden Cockerel and The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Rimsky-Korsakov), Aida (Verdi), Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), Lohengrin and Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartók) and Don Pasquale (Donizetti), as well as in a vast symphonic repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Stravinsky, through Brahms, Berlioz, Fauré, Janáček, Bartók and Ravel.


In recent seasons Alain Altinoglu has made a successful debut in (among other places) Bayreuth with Lohengrin (Wagner) and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London with Don Giovanni (Mozart). Other highlights are the world creation of Rote Laterne (Christian Jost) at the Opernhaus Zurich, Manon Lescaut (Puccini) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Les Troyens (Berlioz) at the Wiener Staatsoper, the Tchaikovsky ‘double bill’ Jolanta / The Nutcracker at the Opéra de Paris and new productions of Macbeth (Verdi, Wiener Staatsoper), Salome (Strauss, Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy, Opernhaus Zürich and Wiener Staatsoper).

He regularly conducts major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

This season, Alain Altinoglu conducts at La Monnaie the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s new opera Macbeth Underworld, as well as new productions of Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach), Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) and nearly the entire concert cycle, focusing on the symphonic works of Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky.

As a pianist, Alain Altinoglu has a strong affinity and command of the Lied repertoire, regularly accompanying mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. He has also opened up the world of classical music for children with his family book Maestro Muziek! and with his popular family concerts, like Till Eulenspiegel for Kids.