Nicholas Carter - Conductor

Nicholas Carter © Annette Koroll

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter is the first Australian to be appointed to one of the six major state orchestras in nearly 30 years and is establishing a reputation as a conductor of exceptional versatility, equally at home in the concert hall and the opera house, and fluent in a diverse repertoire. Nicholas is Chief Conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester (from September 2018). From 2014-16 he was Kapellmeister and musical assistant to Donald Runnicles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Plans for the 2018/19 season include performances at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt – Rusalka, La Clemenza di Tito, Pelléas et Mélisande and symphonic concerts including Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (Creation). Return guest conducting includes visits to Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (including Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin (Rigoletto) and Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Don Carlos). In Australia he conducts a wide range of programmes in Adelaide including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Beethoven Symphony No.9 and visits the orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights of recent seasons include debuts with Fort Worth Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Bochumer Symphoniker, MDR Leipzig, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Don Pasquale), Santa Fe Opera (Die Fledermaus) and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester in a special New Year’s programme at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. He has also returned to Hong Kong Philharmonic, and to Deutsche Oper Berlin to conduct The Love for Three Oranges, Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, La Traviata and Hansel und Gretel. Earlier symphonic visits included Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Malaysian Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Dalasinfoniettan Sweden and Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg with a gala programme with Diana Damrau. In Australia, he collaborates regularly with many of the country’s leading orchestras and ensembles. Recent seasons have included Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a broad range of projects with Adelaide Symphony including a highly acclaimed Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival.