Simone Young’s international career has taken her to almost all of the world’s most important opera houses and symphony orchestras. In addition to serving as principal guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, her busy conducting schedule in the 2019–20 season included her return to the Vienna Staatsoper with a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Elsewhere, she leads Aribert Reimann’s Lear at Teatro Real Madrid, Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Richard Strauss’s Salome at Oper Zurich. Equally in demand on the concert podium, this season she conducts orchestras in Paris, Madrid, San Francisco, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, Leipzig, Helsinki, Barcelona, Manchester, Lausanne, and Australia, as well as New York.
Ms. Young has been appointed chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, beginning in the 2022–23 season. Her previous posts include principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998–2002), artistic director of Opera Australia (2001–03), principal guest conductor of Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and artistic director of Hamburg Staatsoper and chief music director of the Hamburg Philharmonic (2005–15).
Ms. Young’s reputation as a Wagner and Strauss specialist was developed early in her career. Her strong relationship with the Vienna Staatsoper began with her debut in 1993. Outside of Vienna, Ms. Young has appeared as a guest conductor at such world-class opera houses as Opéra national de Paris, The Metropolitan Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and she is a regular guest at the major opera houses in Munich, Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich.
Alongside her extensive operatic performances, Ms. Young has also made a name for herself as a symphonic conductor. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, London, Munich, New York, and Vienna. Following completion of her tenure in Hamburg, Ms. Young is appearing once again as a regular guest conductor with the Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Vienna, BBC, NHK, San Francisco, and Chicago symphony orchestras, in addition to several orchestras in North America and in her native Australia.
Ms. Young’s work is preserved on numerous recordings.
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