German-born conductor Johannes Debus was appointed Music Director of the COC in 2009, having already established himself in many of the great opera houses and festivals of Europe. He made his COC debut in 2008 conducting War and Peace, and has captivated Toronto and international critics alike in the years since his appointment to the COC. Recently with the COC, he has conducted Ariodante, Götterdämmerung, and Louis Riel.
When he is not conducting at the COC, Mr. Debus is very active with international engagements that include appearances with the BBC Proms, the orchestras of Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Aspen, the National Arts Centre, Houston, and Toronto, at the Spoleto, Bregenz and Tanglewood festivals, and at opera companies such as San Francisco, Berlin Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Frankfurt, and Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others. In 2016, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Salome, and returned there in the fall of 2017 to conduct The Tales of Hoffmann.
Johannes Debus, photo: Bo Huang.