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Claire Gibault - NOSPR

Claire Gibault Conductor

photo by Masha Mosconi

Claire Gibault began her career at the Opéra National de Lyon before becoming the first woman to conduct the Filarmonica della Scala and the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic. She was music director of Musica per Roma from 2000 to 2002, and alongside her flourishing career, she spent several years as assistant to Claudio Abbado, collaborating with him at Milan’s La Scala, Vienna’s Staatsoper, and London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In 2004 she helped Abbado found the Orchestra Mozart di Bologna and continued her association with him until 2007.
Over the years she has conducted at some of the world’s most renowned opera houses, theatres and festivals, including London’s Royal Opera House, the Edinburgh International Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Washington National Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Comique and Théâtre des Célestins in Lyon.As guest conductor she has worked with the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de MarseilleVästerås Sinfonietta and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2014 she conducted the world premiere of Jean-Claude Petit’s opera Colomba at the Opéra de Marseille. That same year she was invited by Milan’s Orchestra Verdi to conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 alongside the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Veronica Franco, before returning to the Orchestra Verdi to conduct the premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Sull’acqua during Milan’s Universal Exhibition. More recently she conducted world premieres of works by Édith Canat de Chizy and Philippe Hersant at the Philharmonie de Paris, Silvia Colasanti’s Orfeo at the Théâtre Liberté in Toulon, as well as works by Chopin and Berlioz with Mexico City’s Orquesta Filarmónica UNAM.
In 2011, inspired by her experience with Claudio Abbado, Claire Gibault founded the Paris Mozart Orchestra, giving some thirty performances with her musicians each season and collaborating regularly with leading composers.
Increasingly in demand for conducting masterclasses, she has recently worked with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s National Opera Studio & Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. Her series of conducting masterclasses have been running in Paris for the last five years. Together with the Philharmonie de Paris, Claire Gibault founded and co-directs "La Maestra" International Competition and Academy for Women Conductors.


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