Constantinos Carydis

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Constantinos Carydis is a Greek conductor, born in Athens in 1974, active in both the symphonic and operatic repertories. He won the 2011 Carlos Kleiber Prize,[1] bestowed by the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, with Kent Nagano and Mariss Jansons among the judges.

His accomplishments to date include Gluck's Alceste at Stuttgart in 2006 and Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Amsterdam in 2008, both of which have been released on DVD.[2][3]

In orchestral music, Carydis is noted for his reading of Falla's complete Three-Cornered Hat ballet and for Rimsky-Korsakov's coloristic Scheherazade.

After regular engagements at Munich's Gärtnerplatztheater,[4] and after leading Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Vienna State Opera in 2009, he débuted at the Royal Opera in London, leading an innovative "3D" production of Bizet's Carmen, which was later issued as a DVD.[5] Carydis returned to the British company in 2012[6] for twelve performances of Don Giovanni. His interpretation of this opera has been heard in Amsterdam as well.

In Munich, Carydis conducted an acclaimed new staging[7] in 2011 of Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann starring Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazón. This was streamed over the Internet. He has also performed with the Munich Philharmonic.

The conductor makes his début at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2013[8] and will conduct Wagner's Tristan und Isolde for Frankfurt Opera in 2014, as well as concerts[9] with the Bavarian State Orchestra.


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