The British conductor and pianist Alexander Soddy is currently music director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim, a position he assumed at the start of the 2016/17 season, and which he continues in the 2018/19 season with new productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Pelléas et Mélisande, along with further performances of La Bohème, Fidelio, Salome, For the Love of Three Oranges, and Parsifal. Guest engagements this season see him return to the Bayerische Staatsoper with Die Zauberflöte and to the Staatsoper Berlin to lead a three-part Ballet series titled Sacre with music by Stravinsky, Berlioz, and Debussy. In addition to his Akademie Concerts in Mannheim, he will appear as a guest conductor with the Oregon Symphony (Beethoven, Bruckner), the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Elgar, Britten), and the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester (Mendelssohn, Elgar).
In the 2017/18 season, Mr. Soddy made several successful and important debuts, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York (La Bohème), Wiener Staatsoper (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Semperoper in Dresden (Der Freischutz), and the English National Opera in London (Midsummer Night’s Dream). He also led performances of La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as premiers of Schumann’s Genoveva and Verdi’s Aida in Mannheim.
The 2015/16 season saw Mr. Soddy’s return to the Staatsoper Berlin with Der Freischütz and Die Zauberflöte, as also the the Royal Swedish opera for Madama Butterfly after his successful debut at that house with La Bohème. He debuted that season at Oper Köln on La Cenerentola, which piece he first led at Oper Frankfurt earlier in the same season.
During the 2012/2013 season Soddy introduced himself to the audience at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt with the new production of Weber’s Der Freischütz and with Mozart’s Idomeneo, Following those performances he was named the theater’s Chief Conductor in the 2013/14 season, a position he maintained until the end of the 2015/16 season, and during which time he conducted new productions on Der Rosenkavalier, Macbeth, Die Fledermaus, Cavalleri/Pagliacci and Les Dialogues des Carmelites.
Between 2010 and 2012, Mr. Soddy was engaged as Kapellmeister in Hamburg, conducting, among others, La Bohème, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Bliss, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor. subsequently he returned to Hamburg as a guest conductor for performances of Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni and Gounod’s Faust, as well as a new production of Carmen. During that period he also debuted at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Staatsoper Berlin, both times with Die Zauberflöte.
Mr. Soddy was born in Oxford and was formed as chorister at the Magdalen College. He studied conducting and singing at the Royal Academy of Music and was a piano pupil of Michael Dussek. He then went on to study musicology and analysis at Cambridge University with a choral scholarship from Selwyn College. After graduating in 2004, he was immediately appointed as répétiteur and conductor at the National Opera Studio in London, and he received many awards and prizes.
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