Alexander Joel's 2020/2021 season- before Corona- included New Productions of Macbeth at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, magic Flute at the Israel national opera, Faust at the Welsh national opera, Rigoletto at the Opera in Nancy, and Il Triticco at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Unfortunately, many of these Productions have been cancelled or postponed due to the virus, and it is at this point still unclear what will still be taking place. Other engagements for the season include performances at the Vienna Volksoper of Fliegender Holländer, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Lustige Witwe, Gräfin Mariza, Das Land des Lächelns and Die Fledermaus, which will be broadcast on Austrian Television on New years eve.
Alexander Joel had an exciting and busy 2019/2020 season. After his succesful debut with the New York Philharmonic at the Bravo! Vail Festival in July, he made his debut at the Welsh National Opera with the revival of "Rigoletto" in September 2019 (which resulted in an immediate reinvitation to conduct a new production of "Faust" in 2020/2021), followed by his debut in Manchester with the Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall, with Mahler`s first symphony and Korngold's Violin Concerto, and "Die Fledermaus" with a star studded cast on new years eve at the Brucknerhaus Linz. In Further U.K Enagagements, he returned to the English National opera for a premiere of "Luisa Miller" in February 2020. He also returned to Scandinavia, conducting the revival of "Carmen" at the Royal opera Stockholm, and "Tosca" at the opera in Malmö.
Unfortunately his other projects for that season -his debut with the Vienna Radio Orchestra at the Konzerthaus with a concert with Simon Keenlyside and Marina Rebekka, "Rigoletto" and "Die Lustige Witwe" at the Vienna Volksoper, a new production of "Il Trovatore" at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden in March 2020, and a series of "La Bohème" at the Komische Oper Berlin in May and June 2020- were all cancelled due to the Corona epidemic.
Alexander Joel started his 2018/2019 season with a highly acclaimed revival of Luisa Miller at the Hamburg Staatsoper, starring
Joseph Calleja and Nino Machaidze. He made his debut at the Concertgebouw with the Nederlands Philharmonic in October, and made his highly succesful ENO Debut with "La Boheme", in a long run that goes through to February. Apart from his tour of Japan with the Orchestra of he Vienna Volksoper in January with a series of new years Concerts, other highlights include performances of Carmen at the Royal opera in Stockholm, and Tosca at the Royal opera house Covent Garden, starring Kristina Opolais alternating with Angela Georghiu in the lead role, Vittorrio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel.
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), Rigoletto and Tosca 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 opera in Malmö, the welsh national opera, the english national opera, opera Zürich, the opera in geneva, 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. Furthermore he was appointed Principle guest conductor at the Vlaamse opera from the 2016/2017 season to 2018, where he conducted tremendously succesful productions such as Frau ohne Schatten, Don Carlos, Das Wunder der Heliane, Forza del destino, Don Giovanni and Otello, as well as covering a broad Concert repertoire..
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. He moved back to Vienna in 2018.