“He directed the massive machinery of voices and instruments with military precision and preternatural self-assurance and aplomb. He had a clear vision for this sprawling, operatic work [Verdi’s Requiem] as the journey of a tormented soul from death to eternal light, and he executed it confidently from the first note to the last.”
Natasha Gauthier Ottawa Citizen
Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza is currently Erster Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin. Following a highly successful collaboration with director Barrie Kosky in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande in 2017, they joined forces again in the 2018-19 season in new productions of Candide and La bohème. This season, in addition to conducting Don Giovanni and La traviata, he will conduct new productions of Weinberger’s Frühlingsstürme with Kosky and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Kirill Serebrennikov.
Other highlights of the 2019-2020 season include debuts with Houston Grand Opera in Rigoletto, at the Staatsoper Hannover in La bohème, and in concert with the London Philharmonic (Glyndebourne Cup), in Hannover with Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony and Debussy La mer, and with Fazil Say and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto at the Komische Oper Berlin. Future seasons will see him make debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and at Garsington Opera with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In the 2018-19 season Jordan toured Australia and New Zealand with Die Zauberflöte, conducting the Auckland Philharmonia, West Australian Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. On the concert platform he made his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, and returned to the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and to the Bregenz Festival for Carmen with the Vienna Symphony.
Born in Toronto, Jordan studied conducting at McGill University and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, making his conducting debut aged 20 with Bach's St John Passion. After graduating, he joined the McGill faculty from 2011 to 2015 and went on to conduct several important choral works including the St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B-Minor, and the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, and Fauré. During this time, he was also Conductor in Residence of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, conducting the world premieres of three full-length operas.
Jordan made his debut in 2015 for the Canadian Opera Company, conducting their Claus Guth production of Le nozze di Figaro, and the following year he was invited to join the staff of the Komische Oper, Berlin where he has conducted Petrushka, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Eugene Onegin and Il barbiere di Siviglia and for them, in concert, has also performed Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, Emperor Concerto and Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Schreker's Kammersymphonie.