Marc Leroy-Calatayud

“The young man conducts from the pit with flawless, flexible technique and dedication” (Charles Arden, Ôlyrix)

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Born and raised in Lausanne by a French father and a Bolivian mother, Marc was Assistant Conductor at the Opéra National de Bordeaux from 2016 to 2019 where he regularly conducted opera and ballet performances, as well as symphonic concerts. He is a conducting fellow of the Akademie Musiktheater Heute (2018-2020) and studied conducting in Vienna and Zürich with Mark Stringer and Johannes Schlaefli. He has participated in masterclasses with conductors including Vladimir Jurowski and Bernard Haitink.

A passionate opera conductor, Marc enjoys a wide operatic repertoire from Händel and Mozart to Ravel, Weill and Rihm. Recent highlights include productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mârouf, savetier du Caire (Opéra National de Bordeaux), and Die sieben Todsünden (Ensemble Nomade). He made his ballet conducting debut in June 2018 with a Kylían-Béjart-Robbins production and recently conducted La Fille mal Gardée at the Opéra National de Bordeaux. Symphonic highlights include Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, SudwestdeutschePhilharmonie Konstanz, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Limoges and Janacek Philharmonie Ostrava.

This season, Marc continues to work closely with the Opéra National de Bordeaux, conducting Arthur Lavandier’s La Légende du Roi Dragon in November as well as Prokofiev’s Cendrillon choreographed by David Bintley in December. He will also be making his debut with Opéra de Lyon in their production of Spiral Pass choregraphed by Russel Maliphant. Further engagements in the 2019-20 season include conducting Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, and assisting La Bohème at Opera Bastille.

Marc is a strong advocate for musical education and outreach projects. In 2009, he founded a youth symphony orchestra, l’Orchestre Quipasseparlà, with the aim of finding new ways to make music accessible to everyone. This included concerts in hospitals, retirement homes and homeless shelters.



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    17 Nov 19 La Légende du Roi Dragon Opéra National de Bordeaux
    Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

    “Le jeune Marc Leroy-Calatayud, qui connaît bien cet ONBA dont il vient d’être chef assistant trois ans durant, le mobilise sans difficulté, et surtout sans perdre de vue le plateau, où chaque groupe d’enfants a évidemment l’oeil rivé sur sa main secourable.”

    “The young Marc Leroy-Calatayud, who is well acquainted with the ONBA where he has been assistant conductor for three years, navigates the score without difficulty, and especially without losing sight of the singers, where each group of children obviously has their eyes riveted on his helping hand.”

    Benoît Fauchet, Diapason Magazine, 18 Nov 19

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    11 Feb 19 Il Barbiere di Siviglia Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
    Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

    “Évidemment c’est aussi la direction vive et spirituelle de Marc Leroy-Calatayud qui imprime une belle énergie dans les tempi et une battue claire et raffinée. Son enthousiasme communicatif nous séduit, un talent à suivre absolument. Si Marc Leroy-Calatayud réussit avec simplicité à polir une des partitions les plus jouées au monde, vite qu’on lui donne des raretés pour qu’il leur donne un souffle nouveau!”

    “Marc Leroy-Calatayud’s spirited and lively conducting imprints energetic tempi as well as clear and refined gestures. We are charmed by his communicative enthusiasm: his talent is absolutely something to keep an eye on.  If Marc Leroy-Calatayud manages with simplicity to polish one of the most-played opera scores, let him promptly breathe new life on rarities.”

    Pedro Octavio Diaz, Classique News, 14 February 2019


    “les chœurs répondent à l’appel de la faconde rossinienne que Marc Leroy-Catalayud fait vibrer dans une fosse rehaussée au niveau baroque. Rythmes et couleurs se font plus acérés, l’ironie plus mordante, sous une baguette d’une grande vitalité, sans répit.”

    “[…] the choir reacts to the Rossinian fluency that Marc Leroy-Calatayud pulsates from an elevated baroque pit. Rhythms and colours become sharper, the irony more biting, under his lively and energetic conducting.”

    Gilles Charlassier, 15 February 2019, Toute La Culture

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    12 Feb 18 Mârouf, savetier du Caire Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
    Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

    “The young man conducts from the pit with flawless, flexible technique and dedication, highlighting the warm oriental colours, the cheerful rhythms as well as the bright fanfares from the orchestra […]”

    Charles Arden, Ôlyrix, 12 February 2018