Marc Leroy-Calatayud

Marc Leroy-Calatayud

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, Orchestre de Cannes, 2021-2022

At the head of the Orchestre National du Capitole, the young conductor Marc Leroy-Calatayud sets out to carve this rare work with as much care and love as if it were a confirmed masterpiece: airy sound textures, assured and precise rhythmic, quivering sensitivity, such are the interpretative characteristics that his baton exudes to this little symphonic jewel. Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse / E. Andrieu, Opera Online, 22.07.21

Leading the Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes, in a reduced version, Marc Leroy-Calatayud highlights all the nuances of Donizetti's colourful instrumentation, in a display of rare elegance. Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris / A. Caron, Opéra Magazine, Mars 2021


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 (2018-2021) 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 Donizetti's Un Elixir d'amour at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Arthur Lavandier's La Légende du Roi Dragon, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Mârouf, Savetier du Caire with Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Die Sieben Todsünden with Ensemble Nomade. He has also assisted productions of Pelléas et Mélisande and Les Huguenots at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Béatrice et Benedict at Opéra National de Lyon, Manon at Opéra Comique in Paris, and Jakob Lenz at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Furthermore, Marc made his ballet conducting debut in June 2018 with a Kylían-Béjart-Robbins production and recently conducted Prokofiev's Cinderella choreographed by Sir David Bintley, and La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton) at the Opéra National de Bordeaux. He also made his debut with Opéra de Lyon in September 2019 for their production of a double-bill choreographed by Russel Maliphant.

Symphonic highlights include Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Limoges and Janacek Philharmonie Ostrava. As an assistant, Marc has worked with conductors including Marc Minkowski, Paul Daniel, Ingo Metzmacher and Jonathan Nott.

Upcoming symphonic engagements include performances with Orchestre Regional de Cannes Provence Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Orchestra della Toscana, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Real Philharmonia de Galicia and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He also makes his debut with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and National Ballet of Japan, in a Forsythe/Petit program. Marc continues to assist in opera productions, making his debut at Opéra de Paris with Enescu's Oedipe.

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. Marc also has a YouTube channel dedicated to bringing some of the greatest operatic masterpieces to wider audiences.

For the most up-to-date biography, please contact us. This biography should not be edited without permission from Askonas Holt. OLIVIA LYNDON-JONES / April 2021

© Cyril Cosson


June 2021

03.06, Draguignan Orchestre de Cannes, Tchaïkovski, Schostakovitch
04.06, Cannes Orchestre de Cannes, Tchaïkovski, Schostakovitch
05.06, Angers ONPL, enregistrement d'une musique de film
28.06, San Lorenzo Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Mozart, Tchaïkovski
29.06, Carmignano Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Mozart, Tchaïkovski
30.06, Cerreto Guidi Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Mozart, Tchaïkovski

July 2021

01.07, Firenze Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Mozart, Tchaïkovski
17.07, Toulouse Orchestre National du Capitole, Gala B. Bernheim

August-September 2021

Chef assistant, Opéra National de Paris Oedipe, Enescu


Ballet: Cinderella (Prokofiev)

Opera: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)

Gustav Mahler, Symphony n°1, 3rd mvt

©Cyril Cosson

Photo bannière ©Alain Herzog

GROPÉRA #02 - Il Barbiere di Siviglia en 9'

© Julien James - Photographe


Un Elixir d'Amour, 2021

Leading the Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes, in a reduced version, Marc Leroy-Calatayud highlights all the nuances of Donizetti's colourful instrumentation, in a display of rare elegance. Opéra Magazine, Mars 2021, A. Caron

Marc Leroy Calatayud's conducting is invigorating and attentive towards the joyful troupe on stage. TouteLaCulture, Avril 2021, P. Fourier

Barbiere di Siviglia, 2019

"[...] 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: absolutely keep an eye on this talent. If Marc Leroy-Calatayud manages with simpleness to polish one of the most-played opera scores, let him promptly breathe new life on rarities!" ClassiqueNews, P. Diaz, 14/02/2019

"[...] 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." Toutelaculture, G. Charlassier, 15/02/2019

Mârouf, Savetier du Caire, 2018

"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 [...]" Ôlyrix, C. Arden, 12/02/2018

"Last but not least, the Bordeaux audience acclaims with enthusiasm the qualities of young french conductor Marc Leroy-Calatayud [...]" ClassiqueNews, E. Andrieu, 14/02/2018

"The young conductor’s precise and energetic gestures [...] highlight the richness of instrumentation and its orientalist effects." Toutelaculture, G. Charlassier, 13/02/2018


"The young wizard", Portrait Sud-Ouest, 7/02/2018



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