The Kennedy Center
Philippe Auguin

Philippe Auguin
Music Director

French conductor Philippe Auguin is the Music Director of Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In the spring of 2016 he conducted WNO's first-ever complete Ring Cycles, and in the spring of 2017 he will direct WNO's Madame Butterfly. He has recently led the orchestra in performances of The Flying Dutchman (2015), La bohème (2014), Tristan and Isolde (2013), and The Magic Flute (2014). He made his debut with WNO in 2009 conducting Wagner's Götterdämmerung in concert.

Auguin is a leading conductor of his generation, performing masterworks in the most prestigious opera houses around the world. His extraordinary career has taken him to the most important international music capitals, including Vienna, London, Berlin, and New York where he has led performances of standard Italian repertoire as well as the core of French and German operatic works. His work on the podium has taken him to every corner of the world from Opera Australia in Sydney to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires to leading orchestras throughout Asia. In past seasons, he has led performances at the Metropolitan Opera of Doktor Faust, Die Frau ohne Schatten, La bohème, Lohengrin, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Arabella. At the Vienna State Opera he conducted Die tote Stadt, La forza del destino, Madama Butterly, La bohème, Aida, Simon Boccanegra, and Tosca.

A consummate Wagner expert, he brought Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen to the International Beijing Music Festival in 2005, marking the first-ever performances of the complete Ring in China. He has led performances of Der fliegende Holländer at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, and the Savonlinna Opera Festival; Tannhäuser at Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia, and the Beijing Music Festival; Lohengrin with the Metropolitan Opera and Opera Stuttgart; and Parsifal with Opéra de Nice and in Nürnberg. Among his many recent symphonic performances, he led the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo in celebration of Wagner's bicentennial with a concert of overtures and excerpts.

January 2017