French-born conductor Sylvain Cambreling is a musician with big ideas. A thought-provoking, colourful and dramatic artist, he has a flair for grabbing the attention of audiences, yet his originality is rooted in thorough knowledge of musicology. As the Chief Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and Principal Guest Conductor of Klangforum Wien, he has offered ample proof of his gifts for imaginative programme-planning and persuasive championship of contemporary music.
Cambreling was Music Director at La Monnaie for ten years before becoming Music Director at Frankfurt Opera in the 1990s. Productions notable for the introduction of new and often revolutionary ideas include Pelléas et Mélisande and The Trojans for the Salzburg Festival; Wozzeck, Fidelio and a Ring cycle in Frankfurt; and The Rake’s Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival. In recent seasons he has conducted Katya Kabanova at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and at La Monnaie, Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, Jenufa at Théâtre du Châtelet, the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Die schöne Wunde at the Bregenz Festival, the Makropoulos Case in Stuttgart, and St François d’Assise at the Ruhrgebiet Triennale.