The British conductor Alexander Soddy has been General Music Director of the National Theater Mannheim since the 2016/17 season and has conducted the house’s premieres of Aida, Genoveva, Fidelio, Don Giovanni, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and Pelléas et Mélisande, as well as numerous revivals including Hansel and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Parsifal. In the 2020/21 season he will be presenting premieres of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Berg’s Wozzeck.
He also regularly performs at the Bavarian and Berlin State Operas, where he returns this season with The Magic Flute and Der Freischütz. Elsewhere in 20/21 Mr. Soddy will make his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden leading a production of Carmen. After his successful debut he will also return to the Vienna State Opera with Elektra, Salome and Carmen at the Vienna State Opera. This season also sees his symphonic debut in the UK with the Bournemouth Symphony.
In the 2014/15 season Soddy made his debut at the Oper Frankfurt and the Cologne Opera. In the season 2017/18 season he made his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera with Puccini’s La bohème, at the Semperoper Dresden with Weber´s Freischütz, at the Vienna State Opera with Il barbiere di Siviglia, and at the English National Opera with Britten’s A Midsummer Nights’s Dream. In prior seasons he conducted La bohème and Madama Butterfly at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
Alongside his musical leadership of the theater in Mannheim, Soddy also directs the series of symphonic “Akademiekonzerte” of the Nationaltheater-Orchester. He has also conducted concerts with such orchestras as the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, the Niedersächsische Staatsorchester Hannover, the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. This Spring he will conduct the Orquesta de Valencia and the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2013 to 2016 Soddy was Chief Conductor at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and conducted there the new productions of Der Rosenkavalier and Macbeth a.o. From 2010 to 2012 he was engaged as Kapellmeister at the Hamburg State Opera, where he had debuted in the 2008/09 season with Mozart’s Magic Flute and went on to conduct such titles as La Bohème, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust and Carmen a.o.
Alexander Soddy was born in Oxford and received his education at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University. After graduating in 2004, he was immediately appointed as répétiteur and conductor at the National Opera Studio in London and os the recipient of numerous awards.