French conductor Louis Langrée became Director of the Théâtre national de l’Opéra Comique in November 2021, named by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron. He has been Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and was Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center from 2003 – 2023.
In the 2023-24 season, Louis rounds off ten successful years as Music Director at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he’ll conduct Thomas’ opera, Hamlet, as well as new works by Holland, Dressner (US premiere) and Davis (world premiere), amongst others. Louis will continue as Director at l’Opera Comique with a production of Pulcinella and L’Heure espagnole, as well as bringing l’Opera Comique to the Edinburgh Festival. Louis will also return to LA Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Hall.
A regular presence in New York since his 1998 debut, Langrée has conducted around 250 performances and concerts at Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Metropolitan Opera, and New York Philharmonic. Guest conductor appearances include the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, and Leipzig Gewandhaus, as well as Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Freiburg Baroque and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In addition to the Met, he frequently conducts at the leading opera houses including Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and at festivals including Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms, Edinburgh International, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Mozartwoche and Whitsun.
An advocate for the music of our time, Langrée has conducted world premieres by Daníel Bjarnason, Julia Adolphe, Guillaume Connesson, Anna Clyne, Jonathan Bailey Holland, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Nico Muhly, André Previn, Caroline Shaw, and Christopher Rouse.
Among his recent recordings, the DVD of Thomas’ Hamlet, filmed at the Opéra Comique in Paris with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, won the “Best Recording of the Year” Award at the International Opera Awards, “Best Video Performance” at the International Classical Music Awards, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Caecilia Prize, and Diapason d’Or of the Year. His two last CDs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra were both nominated for “Best Orchestral Performance” at the Grammy Awards.
Previous music director roles include Orchestre de Picardie, Opéra National de Lyon, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg. A native of Alsace, France, Louis is an Honorary Member of the Confrérie Saint-Étienne d’Alsace, an Alsatian wine-makers’ brotherhood dating back to the 14th century. Louis Langrée is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.