Alexander Soddy (born 20 December 1982 in Oxford) is a Germany-based English conductor and pianist.
Alexander Soddy is currently the general music director and chief conductor of the Nationaltheater Mannheim and artistic director of the Musical Academy of the Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim. From 2013 to 2016, he was chief conductor at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and from 2010 to 2012 he was engaged as Kapellmeister at the Hamburg State Opera.
Career[edit | edit source]
Alexander Soddy was born in Oxford and sang as a chorister in the Chapel Choir of Magdalen College. He studied conducting, singing, and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. He then went on to study musicology and analysis at Cambridge University with a choral scholarship from Selwyn College. After graduating in 2004, he was immediately appointed as répétiteur and conductor at the National Opera Studio in London, where his studies were generously supported by the Friends of Covent Garden and Scottish Opera.
In October 2005, Alexander Soddy became a répétiteur at the Hamburg State Opera and after a short time was appointed as first assistant to the general music director, Simone Young. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Soddy was engaged as Kapellmeister in Hamburg, conducting many of their productions, including, La bohème, Don Giovanni, Bliss, La traviata, and Lucia di Lammermoor. He returned to Hamburg as a guest conductor for subsequent performances of Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni and Gounod's Faust, as well as a new production of Carmen. During this period, he made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Staatsoper Berlin, on both occasions conducting Die Zauberflöte, and also conducted at the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm (La bohème, Madama Butterfly). In the 2012/13 season, Mr. Soddy conducted at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in a new production of Weber's Der Freischütz and with Mozart's Idomeneo. Following these performances, he was made Chief Conductor for their 2013/14 season, a position he maintained until 2016. During this time, he conducted new productions of Der Rosenkavalier, Macbeth, Die Fledermaus, Cavelleria/Pagliacci and Les Dialogues des Carmelites. From 2013 to 2015 Mr. Soddy assisted Kirill Petrenko in the new Bayreuth production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. The 2015/16 season saw Mr. Soddy's return to Staatsoper Berlin with Der Freischütz and Die Zauberflöte. He made his debut that season at both Oper Köln and Oper Frankfurt. In the 2017/18 season, Mr. Soddy made several successful and important debuts, including performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (La bohème), Wiener Staatsoper (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Semperoper in Dresden (Der Freischütz), and the English National Opera in London (A Midsummer Night's Dream).
In the 2016/17 season, Alexander Soddy was appointed the position of General Music Director of Nationaltheater Mannheim, where he has conducted new productions of Verdi's Aida, Robert Schumann's Genoveva, Beethoven's Fidelio and Mozart's Don Giovanni. In the 2018/19 season, he will conduct new productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Pelléas et Mélisande, along with further performances of La bohème, Fidelio, For the Love of Three Oranges, and Parsifal. Guest engagements this season see him return to the Bayerische Staatsoper and to the Staatsoper Berlin. In addition to his Akademie Concerts in Mannheim, he will appear as guest conductor with the Oregon Symphony (Beethoven, Bruckner), the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Elgar, Britten), and the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester (Mendelssohn, Elgar).
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Alexander Soddy lives with his wife, the soprano Trine Wilsberg Lund and their two daughters in Mannheim, Germany. His parents and two siblings live in Oxfordshire and London. Alexander Soddy is related to Frederick Soddy, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1921.
Selected Press[edit | edit source]
»It is an exaltation as has not been experienced in an Academy Concert for at least 13 years... Soddy manages to free Bruckner of all earthiness... and and lets Bruckner fly with a completely light and unobstructed approach« - Stefan Dettlinger (Mannheimer Morgen, 3 July 2018)
»Soddy cleverly combines and holds together the three levels of the work (War Requiem by Benjamin Britten)... The evening turned out to be the most impressive performance the Academy has produced in recent years. The interest and jubilation it has generated will last for a long time.« - Stefan Dettlinger (Mannheimer Morgen, 24 April 2018)
»Britten’s atmospheric score, with its contrasting textures for the three worlds, is beautifully played under the Germany-based English conductor Alexander Soddy, a notable ENO debut.« - Martin Kettle (The Guardian, 2 March 2018)
»Alexander Soddy ... is one of the most exciting conductors of his generation.« - Karl Harb (Salzburger Nachrichten, 21 February 2015)
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References[edit | edit source]
- "Nationaltheater Mannheim - Alexander Soddy". www.nationaltheater-mannheim.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-10-25.
- "Musikalische Akademie | Die in der Musikalischen Akademie organisierten Mitglieder des Nationaltheater-Orchesters Mannheim". Musikalische Akademie (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-10-25.
- "Musikalischer Hochgenuss von Haydn und Bruckner - Mannheimer Morgen" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-10-25.
- "Tal des Krieges, Tal der Tränen - Mannheimer Morgen" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-10-25.
- Kettle, Martin (2018-03-02). "A Midsummer Night's Dream review – Carsen's classic staging makes a welcome return". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
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