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Lawrence Renes

Lawrence Renes conductor

Having conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies in recent seasons, Dutch conductor Lawrence Renes took up the post of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Royal Swedish Opera in August 2012. His first three seasons included the Swedish premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, as well as Madama Butterfly, Idomeneo, The Rite of Spring, Tristan und Isolde, Die Walküre, Peter Grimes, Turandot, and Salome, amongst others. The 2015/16 season sees him conduct Der Rosenkavalier, Le nozze di Figaro, Parsifal, Falstaff, and Così fan tutte.

A champion of John Adams, Renes has conducted productions of Nixon in China at San Francisco Opera and Doctor Atomic at both English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera - the DVD of the latter was named as one of the Ten Best Classical Recordings of the Year for 2008 in The New Yorker. Renes has conducted Adams’ orchestral works with London, Oslo and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recent and upcoming guest engagements include debuts with Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Staatskapelle Dresden, and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, as well as returns to Seattle Opera, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Residentie Orkest.

In the USA Renes has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Minnesota Orchestra, and Seattle, Houston, Detroit, Indianapolis, New Jersey and Saint Louis Symphony orchestras. Further afield he has worked with the New Zealand, Melbourne, and West Australian Symphony orchestras, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

On the opera stage, Renes gave the US premiere of Tan Dun's Tea with Sante Fe Opera to great critical acclaim in 2007 and has returned twice since - for Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte. He has also conducted at La Monnaie, Staatsoper Hamburg, De Nederlandse Opera, Teatro Nacional São Carlos and Den Norske Opera in titles as diverse as Elektra, The Cunning Little Vixen, Eugene Onegin, The Rake’s Progress, Carmen, and the world premiere of Nuño Corte Real’s Banksters.

Having studied violin at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Renes went on to study conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, subsequently taking up the position of assistant to Edo de Waart at Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2001 to 2006 Renes held the post of Generalmusikdirektor of Bremer Theater and from 1998 to 2003 he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Het Gelders Orkest, Arnhem.

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