Nicolas André


Offenbach in St. Gallen

It’s Nicolas André’s turn now to join the celebration of Jacques Offenbach’s 200th anniversary! The new-production of La Belle Hélène at the St. Gallen Theatre is taking place under his baton; in Ansgar Weigner’s staging Marie-Claude Chappuis is performing the title-role. 

Opening-night on December 7, 2019

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Happy Birthday, Jacques Offenbach!

The world of music is ceremonially celebrating the 200th anniversary of a great composer who first created the operetta-genre and then developed it straight to the summit of melodic inspiration, virtuosity, charm, humanism and humour with an ambiguous satire of our society: Jacques Offenbach!

Here to follow – in chronologic order - the upcoming Offenbach-events in which our artists will be involved:

Patrick Kabongo: Maître Peronilla at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on June 1st, 2019,

Julien Behr: Offenbach-Galas at the Cologne Philharmony on June 22nd and at the Essen Philharmony on June 23rd, 2019 as well as at the Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André on August 30, 2019,

Sébastien Rouland and Les Musiciens du Louvre: Offenbach-Soirée Parisian Debaucheries at the Grafenegg-Festival on July 20th, 2019,

Nicolas André (conductor) and Marie-Claude Chappuis (title-role): new production of La belle Hélène at the St Gallen Theatre - opening-night on December 7th, 2019,

You will find further information on every individual artist’s page under “Appearances”.


World-Premiere at the Salzburg Easter Festival

In accordance with his position as Kent Nagano’s musical assistant at the Hamburg State Opera, Nicolas André is taking over the lead of repertoire performances in Hamburg (L’elisir d’amore still this season, Carmen and The Magic Flute next year). And even more than this: The Hamburg artistic direction feels confident that he will cope optimally with all demands of conducting a world-premiere at the Salzburg Easter Festival – in co-operation with the Hamburg State Opera: Thérèse, a chamber opera set to music by Philipp Maintz is based on Emile Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin.

World-premiere in Salzburg on April 14, 2019

Opening night in Hamburg on May 18, 2019

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Next home port: Hamburg!

Nicolas André will take up his residence at the Hanseatic metropolis as from the new opera season. He is following music director Kent Nagano’s invitation to Hamburg where the first public opera house within Germany opened already in 1678.

After having made guest-appearances in Annecy, Bordeaux, Bruges, Brussels, Hasselt, Paris, Rennes, Rouen and Zaventem during the current season, our Norman born artist will be assisting Kent Nagano at the renowned Hamburg State Opera. Within this engagement he will also be conducting repertoire performances of Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, Die Zauberflöte as well as Hänsel and Gretel among others. He will also be in charge of conducting German composer Philipp Maintz’s new opera Thérèse Raquin upon Emile Zola’s novel of the same title. The new opera will be world-premiered both at the Salzburg Easter Festival and at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.


A Festival in the Normandy

Hervé Niquet invited him to collaborate closely at the Concert Spirituel, Kent Nagano made him his regular assistant. Two great, highly sensible musicians recognized in Nicolas André a strong, outstandingly compelling personality. The young and versatile conductor from the Normandy works with the great musicians of our time and follows their traces which lead him again to Arromanches (Normandy) this summer where Nicolas André founded an exciting festival full of imagination already 2009.


A conductor who creates new worlds

Nicolas André goes his way discreetly but surely, with a lot of determination and an open spirit. Graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, he created both the ensemble "Les Enchantements", devoted to the interpretation of baroque music, and the choir "Diakhrôma" with which he offered a platform for numerous young composers. Subsequently, he created the festival d'Arromanches near his hometown, where a youth orchestra (also created by Nicolas André) plays the great symphonic repertoire from Mozart over Brahms and Stravinsky to Poulenc. He tries new concert formats and collaborates for example with "Accordzéâm", a group of popular music, offering with them an original vision of the New World Symphony by Dvorak. Success with the public guaranteed!

Feel free to discover the world of Nicolas André by surfing through the pages dedicated to him on our website. Listen to the Audio clips with extracts from Carmen, the Sinfonietta by Poulenc and Pulcinella by Stravinsky. Watch also the Video clip featuring a rehearsal of the Symphony Nr. 4 by Brahms. On the Special projects page you can read more about his project "New Worlds"!  

Nicolas André will soon appear in concert with the Orchestre national de Montpellier, the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy and the Vlaams Radio Koor.