‘The performance lets a great conductor shine, the young Argentinian Alejo Pérez, who at every single moment manages to keep up suspense in the music from the beginning to the very end by means of a confident and controlled interpretation. The orchestra reacts perfectly.’
El País on Rienzi at the Teatro Real Madrid
Full of ideas and initiative, Alejo Pérez constantly seeks out new challenges. This search led the young Argentinean conductor from composition to conducting. He studied both composition and conducting, in addition to piano, in his hometown of Buenos Aires. Nowadays, Pérez regularly works in South America, as well as in Europe with major orchestras and ensembles.
In 2010, Gerard Mortier invited him to become guest conductor and music consultant at the Teatro Real Madrid. Since then, he has regularly performed with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, and in 2012, he was hugely successful with the concert version of Wagner’s Rienzi as well as with a production of Golijov’s opera Ainadamar (staging by Peter Sellars). In 2013, he stood again in the pit for Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a production of the Festival Aix-en-Provence (staging by Dimitri Tcherniakov) presenting a renowned cast (Russell Braun, Christine Schäfer, Paul Groves and Mojca Erdmann). Following his successful debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, where he conducted Shostakovich’s opera The Nose (staging by Peter Stein) at the beginning of 2013, he was asked to return to the capital every year.
Initially valued for his interpretation of contemporary music, Alejo Pérez has developed a large repertoire. Pérez debuted at the NDR Symphony Orchestra, where he was assistant conductor to Christoph von Dohnányi between 2005 and 2007. In the following years, he performed at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, Dresdner Philharmonie, Orchestre National de Lille, musikFabrik Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He also worked with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Asko Schönberg Ensemble, Klangforum Wien and Ensemble Contrechamps.
Between 2009 and 2012, Alejo Pérez was musical director of the venerable Teatro Argentino de La Plata, the most important Argentinian opera house after the Teatro Colón, bringing it to new success. Praised by the press and audiences alike, he produced great pieces of the opera and concert repertoire, among these new productions of Verdi’s Don Carlos, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Bizet’s Carmen as well as Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Rheingold.
Alejo Pérez has worked in close collaboration with the composer Peter Eötvös. He premiered two operas as Eötvös’ assistant: Angels in America (Théâtre du Châtelet Paris) and Lady Sarashina (Opéra de Lyon and later at Opéra Comique in Paris). In 2008, he conducted Eötvös’ opera Of Love and Other Demons in a production by the Glyndebourne Festival at the Lithuanian National Opera. Moreover, Alejo Pérez has conducted Matthias Pintscher’s opera L’espace dernier (Opéra Bastille Paris), Henze’s Pollicino and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol at the Opéra de Lyon, Rihm’s Jakob Lenz in Antwerp, Maderna’s Satyricon in Buenos Aires, Don Giovanni at the Frankfurt Opera as well as Paul Dessau’s oratorio Deutsches Miserere at the Leipzig Opera. In 2008 in Buenos Aires, he devoted himself to early music, conducting Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.
In the current season, Alejo Pérez will lead new productions of Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexiko in Madrid (staging by Pierre Audi) and Jakob Lenz at the Cologne Opera together with the Gürzenich-Orchestra. Furthermore, he will make his debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and he will follow the re-invitations from the NDR-Symphony Orchestra and the SWR-Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg.
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