Plans for the season 2013/2014 include new productions of Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Royal Opera Copenhagen, his return for his 4th new production at the Vlaamse Opera where he will conduct a Premiere of Mozart's "Don Giovanni". He will also return for a 7th consecutive season to the Hamburg State Opera, where will conduct the revival of "La Traviata", and at the Staatsoper Dresden he will return to conduct a run of "Lustige Witwe", and the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he will conduct "La Bohème". He will also make his debuts in concert with the WDR Köln, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier and the BBC Philharmonic. In his last season as the Music Director of the Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Braunschweig, he will among other things conduct premieres of Parsifal and La Traviata, revivals of Aida, Cosi Fan Tutte and Salome, and conduct numerous concerts with such repertoire as Mahler 9, Bruckner 9, Beethoven 9 or Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.

Highlights for 2012/2013 included his succesful debut with "La Boheme" in Covent Garden (resulting in an immediate re-invitation for 3 productions, 2 (La Traviata, La Boheme) in the season 2014/2015 and Carmen in 2015/2016), as well as new productions of Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Hamburg (Shown on ARTE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt1gictKhig) and the Grand Theatre de Genève, and Die Fledermaus at the Oslo Opera. Furthermore, he conducted Revival runs of Don Giovanni and Fledermaus at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Madama Butterfly at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Don Carlos at the Staatsoper Hamburg.

News

DVD Release of Madama Butterfly from the Staatsoper Hamburg on Arthaus

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La Boheme, Royal opera House Covent Garden
2013-02-16
"...Alexander Joel's conducting was outstanding..." The Spectator, 2.3.2013

"...What a pleasure to attend a performance in which everything comes together, there is nothing to which to object, in short to attend a performance that is a credit to all concerned: director, conductor, orchestra, singers, the Royal Opera House itself! John Copley’s production, here revived by Bruno Ravella, may be nearing forty years old, and in the abstract I should definitely be highly suspicious of a staging that had lasted nearly so long, but it is revived with such belief, such attention to detail, such joy in the work, that it exhibits more life than many a first night, let alone a first revival.

Alexander Joel, making his Royal Opera debut, was a new name to me. On the basis of his lively, vital conducting, I hope that I shall hear him again soon. No particular ‘points’ were being made about the score; it was simply treated with respect, allowing the many fascinating aspects of Puccini’s scoring and his musico-dramatic intelligence to shine through. Wagnerisms and modernisms were not underlined; they manifested themselves anyway. ... Orchestra and chorus were on excellent form throughout....Quite a tonic for a cold February afternoon, enough to melt the coldest, most cynical of hearts!..."
Boulezian, 16.2.2013

"...There was another debutant in the pit the shape of Alexander Joel, a British conductor who has held distinguished posts in various German opera houses and in Vienna; this showed in his sold grasp of the music’s structure and his supportive phrasing, and he coaxed wonderfully supple playing from the orchestra..."
Melanie Eskenazi, What's on, 16.2.2013

NEW GENERAL MANAGEMENT: HARRISON PARROTT

JENNIFER SPENCER

ANNETTE FÖRGER

La Traviata- Part 1 and 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDUi2hFe_gk&feature=em-upload_owner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j13jzoRUZFw

Madama Butterfly Staatsoper Hamburg on ARTE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt1gictKhig


,,SaIome“ in Braunschweig auf sensationellem Niveau
"...Man glaubt seinen eigenen Ohren kaum zu trauen: Da spielt sich ein Orchester in einen Klangrausch hinein, der einen Sog entstehen Iässt, dem man sich nicht entziehen kann und man ist fasziniert, hingerissen und auch beriihrt. Man sitzt aber nicht in einem der großen Opernhauser dieser Republik sondern im vergleichsweise kleinen Braunschweig...Fast Unglaubliches gibt es da zurzeit zu erleben. Das Braunschweiger Orchester ist momentan unter Chefdirigent Alexander Joel besser denn je. Bei der Premiere von Richard Straussens ,,Salome“ hatte das Orchester nun sogar einen solch besonders guten Tag. Und es durfte zu
erwarten sein, dass die nachsten Auffuhrungen dieses Stückes nicht schlechter werden....wie sich das Orchester im Laufe des Abends immer mehr in eine Lust, ja geradezu Wolllust des Klanges hineingespielt hat, das Überstrahlte alles an diesem Abend. Immer wieder lenkte Joel die Klangwellen seines Orchesters zu neuen Hohepunkten, verlor dabei aber bei aller Klangorgiastik nie die Kontrolle uber die vveiten Spannungsbogen, die er wunderbar durchzuhalten versteht. Und auch die Sanger ziehen mit als ob sie um ihr Uberleben singen würden. Wann immer man meint, dass es doch eigentlich gar nicht mehr moglich sein kann, noch mehr Ausdruck zu erzielen, es kommt dann doch noch ein wenig mehr als man erwarten
konnte...." Cellische Zeitung, Reinald Hanke, 3.6.2013
 
„…A butterfly production without imagination, that is saved by an inspired musical direction and interpretation….Alexander Joel, at the head of the Orchetre de la suisse Romande, weaves a carpet of sound of shear beauty, even finding accents reminiscent of Debussy in this gigantic musical movement…. »
Antonio Mafra, Petites Affiches Lyonnaises du 27 avril au 3 Mai 2013

«. …Alexander Joel manages to give the Orchestre de la suisse Romande a huge boost, always paying careful attention to a careful balance of colours in which he sculpts some beautiful sounds »
Christophe Imperiali, Le Courier 25.4.2013

« …Alexander Joel obtains a beautiful expressivity in strings and in the winds of the Orchestre de la suisse Romande. He forms the fiery and darkest passages beautifully…everything flows poetically… »
Julian Sykes, Le Temps, 22.4.2014

« …At the head of the Orchestre de la suisse Romande admirable in its precision and engagement (and of a remarkably well prepared chorus), the British German conductor Alexander Joel explores every possible colour as well as the musical outbursts in the score. We have him to thank if we still had an enjoyable evening… »
Emmanuel Andrieu, Classique Info.com, 2.5.2013

« …Thankfully, this Geneva Butterfly production is Worth going to see for the rest of its cast and thanks to the quality of the orchestral playing ….In the Pit, Alexander Joel leads the Orchestre de la suisse Romande to great heights and renders full justice to Puccini’s Music, by highlighting all the colours and aspects of the score, in a perfect balance of lyric passionate moments, and the darker passages… »
Claudio Poloni, concertonet.com, 20.4.2013

« …Very efficient conducting by Alexander Joel who, at the head of the Orchestre de la suisse Romande, knows how to exude all the subtlety and refinement of music that is so reminiscent of Debussy … »
Concertclassic.com, 29.4.2013



***Alexander Joel gets a re-invitation to conduct at Royal opera House in 2014/2015....Alexander Joel announces that he is not renewing his contract as Gernealmusikdirektor in Braunschweig....http://www.tageblatt.de/welt_artikel,-Generalmusikdirektor-verlaesst-Braunschweiger-Staatstheater-_arid,211062.html***

Radio Interview World Radio switzerland
http://worldradio.ch/wrs/programmes/lunch_with/lunch-with-wrs-alexander-joel-pianist-and-conducto.shtml?35411

Radio Interview Avant Scene
http://www.rts.ch/espace-2/programmes/avant-scene/4795484-avant-scene-du-20-04-2013.html

Radio Interview suisse Romande
http://www.rts.ch/espace-2/programmes/magma/4804132-magma-du-23-04-2013.html

La Boheme Royal opera House Covent Garden, 16.2.2013


"...Alexander Joel's conducting was outstanding..." The Spectator, 2.3.2013

"...What a pleasure to attend a performance in which everything comes together, there is nothing to which to object, in short to attend a performance that is a credit to all concerned: director, conductor, orchestra, singers, the Royal Opera House itself! John Copley’s production, here revived by Bruno Ravella, may be nearing forty years old, and in the abstract I should definitely be highly suspicious of a staging that had lasted nearly so long, but it is revived with such belief, such attention to detail, such joy in the work, that it exhibits more life than many a first night, let alone a first revival.
 
Alexander Joel, making his Royal Opera debut, was a new name to me. On the basis of his lively, vital conducting, I hope that I shall hear him again soon. No particular ‘points’ were being made about the score; it was simply treated with respect, allowing the many fascinating aspects of Puccini’s scoring and his musico-dramatic intelligence to shine through. Wagnerisms and modernisms were not underlined; they manifested themselves anyway.... Orchestra and chorus were on excellent form throughout..."
Boulezian, 18.2.2013

"...There was another debutant in the pit the shape of Alexander Joel, a British conductor who has held distinguished posts in various German opera houses and in Vienna; this showed in his sold grasp of the music’s structure and his supportive phrasing, and he coaxed wonderfully supple playing from the orchestra...."

Melanie Eskenazi, What's on, 18.2.2013

 


Hamburger Staatsoper – „Madama Butterfly“ Premiere 11.11.12 – Alexander Joel

Whole Performance of Madama Butterfly Premiere from the Hamburg Staatsoper on Arte on this Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt1gictKhig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt1gictKhig„...Puccinis Drama kommt optisch wie aus dem Lehrbuch für eine wirkungsvolle Inszenierung klassischer Opernpracht daher. Elegant kommt das über die Rampe der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, der Pult-Gast Alexander Joel vom Staatstheater Braunschweig dirigierte präzise und effizient....explodierende Farben, prächtiger Orchesterklang... Die musikalische Seite der Vereinigung entfaltet sich mit den tristanisch-wagnerischen Reminiszenzen in Puccinis Orchesterklang, wobei die fraglos vorhandenen Kitsch-Momente von Alexander Joel durch filigrane Klarheit sublimiert wurden. Dennoch volle Emotionen Punktzahl, blutleer darf eine Pop-Oper wie die "Butterfly" nun auch nicht klingen....“
Der Spiegel, Werner Theurich 17.11.2012

Reviews "madama Butterfly" Grand Theatre de geneve, April/Mai 2013


„…Un décor de carte postale pour cette Butterfly sans imagination, que sauvent une direction musicale inspirée...Cette production ne restera pas dans les annales...Si l’on résiste a ce traitement, c’est d’abord en raison de l’interprétation musicale. A tête de l’orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Alexander Joel tisse un tapis sonore de toute beauté, trouvant meme des accents debussystes a ce gigantesque mouvement musical ininterrompu que Puccini sait habilement exploiter pour émouvoir la ou il le faut, quand il le faut…. »
Antonio Mafra, Petites Affiches Lyonnaises du 27 avril au 3 Mai 2013

« ….A la baguette, Alexander Joel parvient a dynamiser l’orchestre de la Suisse Romande, veillant scrupuleusement a l’équilibre de timbres dans lesquels il sculpte quelques beaux reliefs… »
Christophe Imperiali, Le Courier 25.4.2013

« …Alexander Joel obtient une belle espressivité des cordes t des bois de l’OSR. Il module les passages fougueux et plus sombres….le courant circule, avec poésie… »
Julian Sykes, Le Temps, 22.4.2014

« …A la tête d’un Orchestre de la suisse romande admirable de précision et d’engagement (et de chœurs remarquablement bien préparés), le chef gemano-britannique Alexander Joel s’attache â rendre les moindres couleurs, en même temps que les effusions, de la partition de Puccini. On lui doit d’avoir quand même passé und agréable soirée… »
Emmanuel Andrieu, Classique Info.com, 2.5.2013

« …Fort heureusement, cette Butterfly genevoise vaut néanmoins le détour pour le reste de sa distribution et la prestation de l’orchestre….Dans la fosse, Alexander Joel mène l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande vers des sommets et rends pleinement justice à la musique de Puccini en en faisant ressortir toutes les couleurs et les facettes, dans un parfait équilibre entre moments lyriques passionnés et passages plus sombres…. »
Claudio Poloni, concertonet.com, 20.4.2013

« …Direction efficace d’Alexander Joel qui, à la tête de l’orchestre de la Suisse Romande, sait dégager toute la subtilité et le raffinement d’une musique aux effluves debussystes… »
Concertclassic.com, 29.4.2013