Alexander Joel’s 2016/17 season started with a highly acclaimed new Andrea Breth production of Manon Lescaut for the Dutch National Opera with Eva-Maria Westbroek (with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra), followed by a complete new Ring cycle at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden (directed by Uwe Laufenberg), and a new production of Simon Boccanegra at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, where he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor since this season.
Opera Highlights in his 2017/2018 Season include the David McVicar production of “Rigoletto” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a new production of „Cavaleria Rusticana“ and „Pagliacci“ at the Grand Theatre de Geneve, a new production of Korngold’s „Das Wunder der Heliane“ at the Vlaamse opera, „Tosca“ at the Royal opera house in Stockholm. On the concert podium he will be conducting several concerts with the Vlaamse Opera orchestra, where he is the principle guest conductor, as well as a return the Staatsorchester Braunschweig where he is still is a regular conductor following his postion as music director.
Alexander Joel is a regular guest at the Royal Opera house Covent Garden since the 2012/2013 season, having conducted Carmen, La traviata and La bohème (twice) there since then. Other opera highlights in the last few seasons have included premieres of Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Hamburg (available on DVD with Arthaus), Verdi's Macbeth at the Royal Danish Opera, new productions of Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Faust at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden. Furthermore, he is a regular guest since 2001 at houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Semper Oper Dresden, the Finnish national Opera, then New National Theatre in Toyko, and Den Norske Opera, the Vlaamse opera, the Deutsche Opera am Rhein , the Oper Cologne, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Teatro Municipale Santiago di Chile, the Boston Lyric opera, the Royal opera Stockholm, the Volksoper Wien, the opera de Marseilles.
On the concert platform, he is a regular guest with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (after his work with them at the Geneva Opera), the WDR Rundfunkorchester, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, BBC Philharmonic, the RSO Wien.
Alexander Joel held the position of Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Braunschweig from 2007 to 2014 where he conducted most of the symphonic repertoire, with his emphasis being the Mahler Symphonies (Mahler’s Symphony No.1 available on CD at Corvello Classics) and the german/austrian repertoire- Bruckner, Brahms and Beethoven. In the opera field, he specialised in the core German repertoire with operas such as Salome, Lohengrin, Rosenkavalier, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal,
Son of a British mother and a German father, Alexander Joel is a dual national who grew up in Vienna and London and was educated in Switzerland. After a brief spell of studying French and English Law at King's College in London, he moved back to Vienna to study piano at the Academy of Music, before completing his conducting studies at the Vienna Conservatory of Music with honours in 1996. He was a prize winner at the European Conducting Competition in Spoleto that same year. After various Kapellmeister positions in Baden, Klagenfurt and the Vienna Volksoper, Joel was First Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 2001 to 2007.