Marc Piollet


Conductor Marc Piollet, born in Paris in 1962, studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Master-classes with John Eliot Gardiner, Michael Gielen and Kurt Masur had a formative influence on his musical development. In 1995, Marc Piollet was the only prize-winner at the Dirigenten-Forum of the Deutscher Musikrat. After early posts as First Kapellmeister at the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle and the Staatstheater Kassel he was Music Director of the Vienna Volksoper from 2003 until 2005. From 2004 until 2012 he was General Music Director at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden where he conducted acclaimed performances of Wagner's complete Ring and new productions including Don Carlos, Elektra, Falstaff, Faust, Fidelio, Freischütz, Idomeneo, La Bohème, Lohengrin, Lulu, Rosenkavalier, Salome, Tristan und Isolde and Tosca.

As guest conductor he has worked with leading opera houses including the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (La Bohème with Anna Netrebko as Mimi), the Bavarian State Opera (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Opéra National de Paris (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Rolando Villazon in the title role), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Jenufa, Così fan tutte, Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung) and the Vienna State Opera (Barbiere). At the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona he conducted Carmen staged by Calixto Bieito, the production was released on DVD by Unitel Classica/C major. In 2014 he made his much acclaimed opera debut in the USA at the Cincinnati Opera (Carmen). In 2016 he returned to the Gran Teatre del Liceu with La Bohème. In spring 2018, at Deutsche Oper am Rhein he will conduct Petrushka/L’enfant et les sortilèges, a co-production with the Komische Oper Berlin by the theatre company “1927” (Suzanne Andrade, Esme Appleton and Paul Barritt).

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