Alain Altinoglu

Alain Altinoglu

“Alain Altinoglu, [...], a Lohengrin conductor with experience in Bayreuth, confidently leads the orchestra through all the light and shadow worlds of this opera. He subtly fans out chamber music passages and forms the grandiose choir passages into monumental sound structures, which of course never seem exaggeratedly pathetic."

- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Alain Altinoglu, Directeur Musical of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussel since 2016, is not only known for his ambitious leadership style but also for his inspiring performances, which offer the audience a thrilling concert experience.

Productions of the former season in Brussel included Strauss‘ Der Rosenkavalier, Offenbach's Les Contes d’Hoffmann, as well as the world premiere of Pascale Dusapin's new opera Macbeth Underworld.

As a guest, Altinoglu regularly conducts renowned orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, Orchester symphonique de Montréal, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapellen in Dresden and Berlin, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the leading Paris orchestras.

The highlights of the 2019/20 season included Altinoglu's debuts with the Concertgebouworkest, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Altinoglu conducted the Orchester National de France as part of the annual Concert de Paris on the French national holiday, which is broadcast millions of times around the world. In addition, he conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra twice and again led the Orchester de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra with his own arrangement of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande-Suite, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as well the Wiener Symphoniker in the renowned Musikverein.

Alain Altinoglu is a guest at all major opera houses around the world. In addition to the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House London Covent Garden, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the State Opera Vienna, the Zurich Opera House, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the State Opera “Unter den Linden”, the Bavarian State Opera Munich and the three Parisian opera locations he also regularly at the festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange and Aix-en-Provence.

Alain Altinoglu's special love are songs. He regularly accompanies the mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch on the piano. Audio recordings with Altinoglu were published by Deutsche Grammophon, Naïve, Pentatone and Cascavelle. Filmed opera productions directed by Altinoglu include Honegger's Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Accord), Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Deutsche Grammophon), Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and The Nutcracker, and Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (BelAirClassiques).

Alain Altinoglu was born in paris in 1975. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he’s today teaching the conductor-class.