Alexander Soddy, Conductor

The British conductor Alexander Soddy has been General Music Director of the Mannheim National Theater since the 2016/17 season. His programmatic focus is on the classical German and Italian opera repertoire (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Aida, Die Frau ohne Schatten and many others) he consistently expanded. Examples are the internationally celebrated new productions of Pelléas et Mélisande and Peter Grimes. In his last season in 2021/22 as gGeneral Music Director, he will lead new productions of Tristan und Isolde and Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as revivals of The Flying Dutchman and Haensel and Gretel.

At the Metropolitan Opera he celebrated great successes with La Bohème in 2017 and will return with Madame Butterfly in spring 2022. He will return to the Berlin State Opera  with Fidelio and to the Oper Frankfurt with Warten auf heute (Schönberg / Martin). His debut at Covent Garden is coming soon.

In his position in Mannheim, he is also the artistic director of the “Akademiekonzerte” of the orchestra of the National Theater Mannheim.  Concert invitations have taken him to the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, the Niedersächsische Staatsorchester Hannover, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, the Orquestra de Valencia and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.The next concert projects are at with Tokyo Spring Festival, with the Atlanta Symphony and the Bern Symphony Orchestra.

In the past few seasons, Alexander Soddy has regularly conducted at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Die Zauberflöte, La bohème) and at the Staatsoper Berlin (Die Zauberflöte, Der Freischütz, la Bohème). After his successful debut (Barbiere) he returned to the Vienna State Opera with Elektra, Salome and Carmen. Further guest engagements have taken him to the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm (La Bohème, Madama Butterfly), the Semperoper in Dresden (Der Freischütz) and the English National Opera in London (Midsummer Night’s Dream). 

In 2014/15 he made his debut at the Frankfurt Opera and Cologne Opera. From 2013 to 2016 he was chief conductor at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, where he led a.o. the new productions of Der Rosenkavalier and Macbeth.

From 2010 to 2012 he was engaged as Kapellmeister at the Hamburg State Opera, where he had debuted in the 2008/09 season with Mozart's Magic Flute and went on to conduct such titles as La Bohème, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust and Carmen a.o.

Alexander Soddy was born in Oxford and received his education at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University. After graduating in 2004, he was immediately appointed as répétiteur and conductor at the National Opera Studio in London and is recipient of numerous awards.


 (Please discard any previously dated material. The text may not be abridged or altered without the prior consent of ARSIS Artist Management.)

deutsche Biografie