Jordan de Souza

Conductor, Canada

Jordan de Souza, "the fast-rising young Canadian maestro with a busy international career" (Ottawa Citizen), is currently a regular Guest Conductor at the Bregenz Festival, Studienleiter (Head of Music Staff) at the Komische Oper Berlin, as well as Conductor-in-Residence for Tapestry Opera, one of North America’s leading contemporary opera company for over thirty-five years. Conducting debuts in 2016 include productions with the Canadian Opera Company (Le nozze di Figaro), l'Opéra de Montréal and l’Orchestre Métropolitain (Don Giovanni), Komische Oper Berlin (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and the Bregenz Festival and Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg (Bastien und Bastienne); 2017 brings his third operatic world premiere with Tapestry Opera (Oksana G), his mainstage debut with the Bregenz Festival and Vienna Symphony in Bizet’s Carmen, and a debut at Calgary Opera. Recent performance highlights include Verdi’s Requiem with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia, Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C-Minor, Fauré's Requiem, and Bach's Magnificat with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association, Die Zauberflöte with the Sudbury Symphony, a Verdi-Wagner Gala with the Lachine Philharmonic, Carmen with Saskatoon Opera, Béatrice et Bénédict with the Edmonton Vocal Arts Festival, and the world premieres of critically acclaimed M'dea Undone and Rocking Horse Winner with Tapestry Opera in collaboration with Scottish Opera.

By the age of 25, Mr. de Souza conducted the Bach oratorio-cycle of the St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass in B Minor, and Christmas Oratorio; he also participated as a conductor and keyboardist in current Bach cantata cycles at Trinity Wall Street (NYC) and Montreal's Musée des Beaux Arts, often appearing with the Theatre of Early Music in similar repertoire. On Mr. de Souza’s conducting of Verdi’s Requiem, one critic was drawn “by the quasi-Apollonian direction, clearly structured, lean, elegant and fluid” (La Presse) and another by his “military precision and preternatural self-assurance and aplomb” (Ottawa Citizen). He was also recently named one of CBC's Top 30 Classical Musicians Under 30 (2015).  Mr. de Souza has served formerly as Cover Conductor for the National Ballet of Caada, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ottawa Choral Society (2012-2015), Conductor of The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul (Montreal, 2008-2015), and was on Faculty at McGill University (2011-2015).

In demand as a clinician, Mr. de Souza gives masterclasses for the University of Toronto, Tapestry Opera, and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in the 2015-16 season. As a freelance artist, he has worked in North America and Europe, including engagements with the Houston Grand Opera, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Hidden Valley Opera (California), the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Opera McGill, the Janiec Opera Company (North Carolina), and Opera NUOVA. He has been a guest coach with l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, the Canadian Opera Company’s and Houston Grand Opera's Ensemble Studio, and a resident artist of the Banff Centre and the Franz-Schubert-Institut. A prize-winning organist, at the age of 19 Mr. de Souza was the youngest to earn the Fellowship Degree (FRCCO) from the Royal Canadian College of Organists in the history of the institution. Having inaugurated a new chamber organ by Hellmuth Wolff with Handel Organ Concertos in Montreal’s Redpath Hall in 2007, he continues to perform as a pianist, harpsichordist, and organist. Mr. de Souza has been broadcast regularly on the CBC, BBC, and throughout the European Broadcasting Union since 2008.