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. This season he will make several 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). Furthermore, he will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper (La Bohème) while in Mannheim he will lead productions of Parsifal, Fidelio, Rosenkavalier, Aida and Tannhäuser among other. In the 2015/16 season Alexander Soddy returned to the Staatsoper Berlin with Der Freischütz and Die Zauberflöte and to the Royal Opera Stockholm with Madama Butterfly. He also debuted at the Oper Köln with La Cenerentola.
From the beginning of the 2013/14 season until the end of the 2015/2016 season, Alexander Soddy was music director at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, where he led the new productions of Rosenkavalier, Macbeth, and Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges with great personal success. In the same period he was invited back as a guest to the Staatsoper Hamburg with a new production of Bizet’s Carmen, and debuted at the Oper Frankfurt.
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, and was a featured guest conductor at the Staatsoper Hamburg where he led Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni and Gounod’s Faust.
Between 2010 and 2012, Soddy was engaged as Kapellmeister in Hamburg, conducting, among others, La Bohème, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Bliss, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor. During that period he also debuted at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Staatsoper Berlin, both times with Die Zauberflöte, followed by the debut at Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm with La Bohème the following season.
During the 2008/2009 season, after being a presence in the company since 2005 he finally made his debut in the main house of the Staatsoper Hamburg, conducting Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with great success. In the same season he took over the musical direction of the operas L’Elisir d’amore, Hänsel und Gretel, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and again Die Zauberflöte.
From 2008 to 2010 Alexander Soddy led the Hamburg Staatsoper International Opera Studio in productions of Cavalli’s La Calisto, as well as contemporary operas by Christian Jost and John Tavener and Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes.
He was born in Oxford and was formed as chorister at the Magdalen College. Furthermore 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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