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Johannes Debus, conductor, has been music director of the Canadian Opera Company since 2009, having been appointed immediately following his debut. His 2017–18 season includes returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Bregenz Festival, and San Diego Symphony, plus debuts with the Seattle, Kansas City, Oregon, and Bilbao symphonies. Recent highlights include engagements with the Cleveland, Boston, Houston, Baltimore, and Toronto symphonies, and abroad with the Tasmanian and West Australian symphonies, as well as opera engagements with Frankfurt Opera and Komische Oper Berlin. He conducts regularly with the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin, and has appeared in new productions at the English National Opera and Opera National de Lyon. At home in both contemporary music and the core repertoire, he has conducted a wide range of world premieres and works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, notably Salvatore Sciarrino’s Macbeth and Luciano Berio’s Un re in ascolto. He has collaborated with internationally acclaimed ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, and Musikfabrik. Johannes Debus graduated from the Hamburg Conservatoire before being engaged as répétiteur and, subsequently, Kapellmeister by the Frankfurt Opera. 

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