Nicholas Carter


Nicholas Carter

Most recently celebrated for his conducting of Brett Dean Hamlet and Britten Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera, Nicholas Carter is one of the leading opera conductors of the younger generation.

Since 2021 he has been Chief Conductor and Co-Operndirektor of Bühnen Bern, following his positions as Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hamburg and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and as Chefdirigent of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester from 2018 to 2021. Serving as Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2019, Carter has since been in international demand in the symphonic field.

At the heart of Nicholas Carter's tenure in Bern is the new production of Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen, which he will also conduct at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the 2023/2024 season. He conducts Bizet Les pêcheurs de perles at both the Oper Zürich and the Oper Köln and makes his debut at Stuttgart Opera with Rheingold in 2023/24. He has also worked with the Wiener Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival. His extensive operatic repertoire ranges from Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Strauss to Russian and French works and contemporary composers such as Brett Dean, with whom he has a close artistic relationship.

Alongside regular collaborations with Australia's leading symphony orchestras, Carter has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Dallas and Oregon Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre National de Lille, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Bochumer Symphoniker, Seoul Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others.


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