Conductor Laurent Campellone is appointed General Manager of the Grand Theatre de Tours with immediate effect with an initial contract for three seasons. He will succeed Benjamin Pionnier, the Orchestra’s current Artistic Director and General Manager since 2015.
"It is with great joy and full awareness of the huge task ahead of me that I become the new General Director of the Grand Théâtre de Tours. Now head of the Administrative, Technical and Artistic teams of this beautiful house, many challenges await us to collectively close a period of crisis which has lasted too long and thus allow this institution to take back the place it deserves. " - Laurent Campellone
Campellone was recently bestowed with an ¨Oper! Award¨ and ¨Diapason d’Or¨ for the best recordings of French opera arias in collaboration with soprano Jodie Davos and Munich Radio Orchestra. Campellone has led the orchestras of the Bolshoi Theatre, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Marseille Opera, Opera National de Bordeaux, Opera de Lausanne, Royal Opera House Muscat among others.
Current and future engagements include Fantasio and Madame Favart at the Opera Comique in Paris, Faust at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Novaya Opera in Moscow, La Belle Hélène at the Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy and Le Domino noir at the Opéra de Lausanne among others.
Previously Maestro Campellone served as a Music director of Saint-Etienne Opera where he rediscovered the French Lyric Repertoire of the 19th century, conducting Massenet’s Sapho, Le Jongleur de Notre Dame, Ariane, Le Mage; Gounod’s La Reine de Saba, Polyeucte; Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys and other raraly performed pieces.