Opéra-Comique Announces New Music Director

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Benoit Linero)

Louis Langrée has been named the new director of the Opéra-Comique in Paris.

The announcement was made in Paris on Oct. 21, 2021. The conductor will begin his tenure on Nov. 1, 2021, succeeding Olivier Mantei, who is heading to the Philharmonie de Paris.

The appointment will allow him to focus on operatic conducting and programming. Langrée plans to revisit many masterpieces of opera that premiered at the Opéra-Comique including Bizet’s “Carmen,” Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment,” Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” and Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande.”

The decision for Langrée’s appointment was thanks to the French President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron. The president was greatly interested in the conductor’s American work for the Cincinnati Orchestra.

Langrée noted that he is also interested in adding new works and collaborating with some familiar names to Cincinnati such as Matthias Pintscher and Bryce Dessner. In addition, his vision includes adding new programs for young singers and conductors.

Langrée is currently the Music Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Cincinnati Orchestra.