Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys a multi-faceted conducting career of unusual
breadth and variety, his repertoire ranging from early music through to
cutting-edge contemporary scores and from the most intimate of chamber
programmes through to grand opera.
During the 2011&ndash12 season he will be making his debuts with
Berliner Philharmoniker, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra,
the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Rotterdam
Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
In October 2011 the maestro returned to the Canadian Opera
Company with Gluck’s opera Iphigenie en Tauride. Other highlights
include the conductor’s first appearances at the Festspielhaus
Baden-Baden with Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore and a tour
with Freiburger Barockorchester in March 2012.
Last season Pablo Heras-Casado’s operatic projects included conducting
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at the Teatro Real
in Madrid with La Fura dels Baus and Nixon in China with
Canadian Opera Company. For the latter he was nominated for a Dora
Mavor Moore Award by The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for
his “Outstanding Musical Direction.” In May 2011 Pablo Heras-Casado
conducted world premiere performances of Hosokawa’s Matsukaze at La
Monnaie in association with the Sasha Waltz & Guests company and
the Vocalconsort Berlin ensemble to great acclaim. The production also
travelled to Warsaw, Luxembourg and to the Staatsoper Berlin. Pablo
Heras-Casado has also made his debuts with the San Francisco Symphony
Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, the Orchestra of St Luke’s, the Deutsches
Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and
the Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie. Furthermore, he returned to
the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the BBC Philharmonic,
the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra in New
York and the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Pablo Heras-Casado has conducted numerous operas, among them
The Elixir of Love for English National Opera, Rigoletto
for Welsh National Opera, the world premiere of Marc-Olivier Dupin’s ballet
Les Enfants du paradis for the Opera National de Paris and
a new production of Offenbach’s La Perichole with
the Opera National de Bordeaux.
A champion of contemporary music, Pablo Heras-Casado has worked with
the Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall, the Ensemble Modern
in Frankfurt, the Klangforum Wien chamber ensemble and
the Collegium Novum Zurich. Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös headed
the jury which unanimously voted Pablo Heras-Casado winner of the 2007
Lucerne Festival Conductors’ Competition which included an acclaimed performance
of Stockhausen’s Gruppen. The conductor’s future plans with
the Ensemble intercontemporain include appearances at the Lucerne
Festival in 2012. With his original-instrument chamber opera company
the Compañía Teatro del Príncipe, in Aranjuez he recently released
world premiere recordings of Castel’s La fontana del placer and
Boccherini’s La Clementina for Harmonia Mundi.
In the summer of 2011 the Naïve label released two of
the conductor’s recent recordings – Giuseppe Bonno’s L’isola
disabitata and a DVD of Schubert’s Eighth Symphony with
the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on the Naïve label.