Surprise No. 1 comes in the playing of that music. […] I’d almost forgotten just how beautiful the score [Carmen Bizet] of this chestnut is in the right hands. Alain Altinoglu, the Armenian-French conductor making his Lyric debut has those hands.
Chicago Sun-Times – 2012
One of the most sought-after young conductors today, Alain Altinoglu quickly established himself both on the orchestras and the operas podiums.
Highlights of his activities with orchestra are his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna at the Musikverein, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and returning concerts with Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, La Fenice Orchestra, Orchestre de la Monnaie Bruxelles, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre du Capitole Toulouse, and the Orchestre National de Montpellier etc.
On the opera field, Alain Altinoglu’s coming activity includes productions in the most prestigious opera houses: Werther, as well as a new production of Faust at the Metropolitan Opera in New-York, Don Giovanni, Ballo in Maschera, Roméo & Juliette, and Simon Boccanegra at the Staatsoper Vienna, Cendrillon at La Monnaie in Brussels, Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Don Giovanni, Salomé, L’amour des trois oranges at the Paris Opera, Rigoletto at the Köln Opera, Der Fliegende Holländer, Salomé at the Zürich Opera, Salomé, Carmen and Eugene Onegin at the Deutsche Opera Berlin, Ballo in Maschera at the Chorégies d’Orange, a new production of Manon Lescaut by Puccini at the Bayerische Staatsoper, etc.
His received recently outstanding successes at the Metropolitan Opera House, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Lyric Opera Chicago, Opera National de Paris, Theatre du Châtelet, San Francisco Opera, Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Opera de Bordeaux, Festival d’Aix en Provence or Salzburg Festival, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires.
Particularly interested in the Lied repertoire, Alain Altinoglu as a pianist regularly accompanies the mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. A recording of songs by Henri Duparc was released with the “Cascavelle” label, and more recently a recording of Ravel for the Label Naïve (to be released).
He furthermore recorded recently The opera “Fiesque “ by Lalo starring Roberto Alagna (Deutsche Grammophon), the cello concertos by Eric Tanguy with Orchestre National de France, “Le Serment” by Tansman with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Perela by Pascal Dusapin for the Naïve label.
A recording of Henryk Gorecki’s third symphony together with the Sinfonia Varsovia was also released with Naïve.
Alain Altinoglu studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he also taught as professor of the vocal ensemble class for ten years.