British conductor Ben Glassberg is fast becoming one of the most sought after conductors on the global stage. Described as conducting with ‘irresistible panache’ (The Guardian), his meticulously sophisticated interpretations of an extensive opera and symphonic repertoire are consistently praised for providing fresh insights and perspectives.
Music Director of the Opéra de Rouen Normandie, current Principal Guest Conductor and then Music Director of the Volksoper Wien from January 2024, upcoming operatic highlights include his house debuts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Bizet Carmen, as well as conducting Carmen, Mozart Don Giovanni and Wagner Tristan und Isolde at the Opéra de Rouen Normandie and titles including Puccini La bohème, Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel and a new production of Bernstein West Side Story at the Volksoper Wien. Former Associate Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon, symphonic highlights of the 2023/24 season include Glassberg’s debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a return to the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
Glassberg has held the position of Music Director of the Opéra de Rouen Normandie since the beginning of the 2020/21 season and his relationship with the house was recently extended until the end of 2025/26. Glassberg has conducted titles at Rouen including Mozart Die Zauberflöte, Verdi Rigoletto and Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alongside symphonic concerts focusing on 20th-century Russian repertoire and a concerted effort to perform music by as diverse a range of composers as possible.
As Principal Conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour (2019-2021), Glassberg conducted productions of Donizetti L’elisir d’amore, Offenbach Mesdames de la Halle, Beethoven Fidelio and Handel Messiah. Following his debut at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival, Glassberg has returned frequently for performances including Puccini Madama Butterfly, Verdi La traviata and in 2022, conducted Mariame Clement’s production of Donizetti Don Pasquale. Elsewhere, Glassberg’s growing reputation has resulted in a number of re-invitations to some of Europe’s most prestigious houses, with highlights including the complete Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy and a new production of Britten The Turn of The Screw for La Monnaie and La bohème for English National Opera.
Recent symphonic highlights include concerts with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
As a recording artist, Glassberg has released a diverse discography including award-winning CDs for Warner Classics with guitarist Thibaut Garcia and mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa. Most recently, Glassberg has released recordings of The Turn of the Screw (Alpha Classics, May 2022) and Mozart La clemenza di Tito (Alpha Classics, November 2022).
Glassberg first came to international attention upon winning the Grand Prix at the 55th Besançon Young Conductors Competition 2017 at the age of 23.
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."