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Frederic Chaslin

  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Pianist

Biography

Frédéric Chaslin: Major international festivals and opera companies at which Mr. Chaslin has appeared include leading houses in New York, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Scotland, and Wales.  He has also led all the major Parisian orchestras, the Vienna Symphony and Philharmonic, the Manchester Hallé, and the London Symphony and Philharmonia. 

Frédéric Chaslin, who served as music director at Rouen Opera for three years, made his international début in 1993 at Austria’s Bregenz Festival, where he conducted for four seasons and collaborated with David Pountney on notable productions of Nabucco and Fidelio.  He served as the chief conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 1999 to 2002, and was a resident conductor at the Vienna Staatsoper starting in 1997, conducting more than 130 performances of major repertory.  He was named general music director of Germany’s Nationaltheater Mannheim in 2005.

Frédéric Chaslin made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002, conducting Il Trovatore to great acclaim, and since then has led Met productions of The Tales of Hoffmann, Sicilian Vespers, The Barber of Seville, and La Bohème.  He conducted Romeo and Juliet at the Los Angeles Opera in 2005, with Rolando Villazon and Anna Netrebko in the title roles.  This summer Mr. Chaslin will return to the Vienna State Opera for La Juive with Neil Shicoff, and will open Italy’s Macerata Festival with Gounod's Faust, staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi.  Next season he will be back in Vienna, conducting Werther with Jonas Kaufmann. 

With a symphonic and operatic repertoire that ranges from Bach to contemporary music and drawing on his experience working with Barenboim in Bayreuth, he led a complete Ring cycle in Hanover.   In Mannheim he conducted other Wagner operas including Tristan und Isolde and Tannhäuser as well as all of Richard Strauss’s major works.  

Among his performances as pianist, Mr. Chaslin appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, and from the keyboard he  conducted Ravel’s G Major Concerto in Japan, Italy, Israel…

Frédéric Chaslin considers the renewal of the repertoire an absolute priority, and has been involved in more than twenty world premieres of contemporary works.  He addresses this topic in his latest book, Music in Every Sense, an in-depth look at aspects of modern music and its relationship with the audience.  Already published in French and German, the book will soon appear in English. 
  
As a composer, Frédéric Chaslin has written orchestral pieces, movie soundtracks, and operas.  His compositions include the Chagall Suite for Orchestra, whose world premiere was performed by the Jerusalem Symphony, “Diva Dance” for the film The Fifth Element, and the opera Wuthering Heights, on a libretto by P.H. Fisher and recorded by the London Philharmonia and the London Sympony Chorus.  The Overture, Choral Suite from Wuthering Heightshave been recently performed in Oslo, Bologna, Israel. Wuthering Heights selections will be heard next in  St. Petersburg with Valery Gergiev conducting Natalie Dessay, singing two of the lead arias from the opera.  Current  works- in-progress include an operatic Diptyque Fantastique:  La Morte Amoureuse coupled with Avatar, based on the short works of French author, Theophile Gautier, libretto by P.H. Fisher.