Music Director of Opéra de Rouen Normandie, British conductor Ben Glassberg is fast making his mark on the global operatic and symphonic platform since winning the Grand Prix at the 55th Besançon Young Conductors Competition 2017 at the age of 23. Hailed for his ‘revelatory conducting’, Glassberg has become renowned for his attention to detail and ability to draw a vast depth of colours from orchestras and singers alike.
Upcoming highlights of the 2022/23 season include Verdi Rigoletto, Mozart La clemenza di Tito and Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opéra de Rouen, and the start of his new position as Principal Guest Conductor at the Volksoper Wien with titles to include Wagner Der fliegende Holländer and Otto Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor. On the Symphonic platform, he will return as Associate Guest Conductor to Orchestre National de Lyon and also Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Former Principal Conductor of The Glyndebourne Tour, Glassberg made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017 conducting a performance of Mozart La clemenza di Tito, and has returned frequently since. Titles in the festival have included Donizetti Don Pasquale and Puccini Madama Butterfly, whilst on the tour, Verdi La Traviata, Beethoven Fidelio, Donizetti L’elisir d’amore and Offenbach Mesdames de la Halle. This follows recent operatic highlights of Mozart Die Zauberflöte for Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Puccini La bohème and Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel for English National Opera, and Britten The Turn of the Screw and the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy for La Monnaie.
Recent symphonic work has included debuts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, BBC Concert Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
Glassberg has also developed an extensive discography, most recently receiving great critical acclaim for his recording of Britten The Turn of the Screw with La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra which Alpha Classics described as a 'meticulous interpretation of a score'. Later this year, Alpha Classics will also release Glassberg's recording of Mozart La clemenza di Tito made with the orchestra of Opéra de Rouen Normandie in 2020.
The Guardian, July 2022
'Glassberg conducts with irresistible panache, and there’s some fabulously detailed playing from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Immensely enjoyable, and the best Don Pasquale I’ve ever heard.'
Bachtrack, February 2022
'If there's a reason to see this revival, it's for conductor Ben Glassberg who drew out a truly glorious performance from the ENO Orchestra. He's a natural fit for this repertoire, with just the right amount of rubato to avoid sounding sentimental. I've rarely heard the orchestra sound this luxuriant…Let’s hope ENO brings him back.'