British conductor Leo Hussain has established himself as a leading interpreter in his generation of Mozart, the second Viennese school and great 20th century masterpieces, breathing life into new scores and bringing fresh perspective to programming the core romantic repertoire with his musical intellect and curiosity. He was formerly Music Director of the Opéra de Rouen and Salzburg Landestheater, and now conducts for many of the world’s top orchestras and opera houses.
Engagements for the 2023/24 season include Don Carlos for the Hamburg State Opera, Salome for the Frankfurt Opera, Death in Venice for the Welsh National Opera and Pelléas et Mélisande for the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. Last season he conducted Tosca for the English National Opera, Tristan und Isolde for the Opéra national de Lorraine and Falstaff in Hamburg.
Recent highlights include his return to The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to conduct Die Zauberflöte, Cimarosa L’Italiana in Londra in his return to the Frankfurt Opera, Wozzeck and a new production of Die Tote Stadt in Toulouse, Lakmé in concert with the Teatro Real Madrid, Thaïs, Lortzing Der Waffenschmied and Salome at the Theater an der Wien, his debut for the Royal Swedish Opera with Carmen, and appearances at the Gothenburg and Norwegian National operas. He has also conducted concerts with the Hamburg and Vienna symphony orchestras, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra at Mozartfest Würzburg, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Prague Philharmonia, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Royal Danish Orchestra. Outside Europe he has performed with the West Australian and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at the Tokyo Spring Festival, and made his debut with the San Francisco Opera conducting Tosca.
Hussain made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2016 conducting Enescu Oedipe, receiving high critical acclaim for "a musical performance of overwhelming impact" (Sunday Times) and an immediate re-invitation. Other notable operatic successes include Capriccio for the Santa Fe Opera, The Rape of Lucretia for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and productions at La Monnaie, English National Opera, and the Bavarian and Berlin state operas. He enjoys a strong relationship with the George Enescu Festival where he recently conducted Gurrelieder and a concert performance of Wozzeck.
Early success at the Salzburg Festival, where he assisted Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, led to worldwide symphonic debuts and close working relationships with those conductors, along with Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Leo Hussain studied at Cambridge University and London’s Royal Academy of Music.
"Leo Hussain was a revelation in the pit, helming a delicate, fluid, mesmerizing, echt account of a graceful score that is more succulent caviar than substantial Hauptspeise. Maestro Hussain led a propulsive, informed, precise reading that fell gratefully on the ear."
“… ENO’s orchestra is on fine form for Hussain, whose conducting is all grand passion and sweeping intensity, and utterly gripping.”
"Leo Hussain has left a business card at the Wiener Konzerthaus, on which the word 'talent' shimmers in golden letters."