Jordan de Souza
Active as a conductor and keyboard artist in all disciplines of classical music, Jordan de Souza is currently on Conducting Staff at the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ottawa Choral Society, Conductor of The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul (Montreal), and has been on Faculty at McGill University since 2011. Upcoming mainstage conducting debuts include productions with the Canadian Opera Company (2016) and l’Opéra de Montréal (2016); performance highlights of the 2014-15 season include Verdi’s Requiem with the Ottawa Symphony, Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association, Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Ensemble Caprice, the World Premiere of M’dea Undone with Tapestry New Opera, Principal Coach for Madama Butterfly with Houston Grand Opera, and Assistant Conductor at the Bregenz Festival (Austria) for Les contes d’Hoffmann; Mr. de Souza will also return to the COC as Assistant Conductor for Madama Butterfly, having assisted previously on Dialogues des Carmélites, La bohème, and Un ballo in maschera.
Recent performances include productions of Carmen with Saskatoon Opera and the Edmonton Vocal Arts Festival, a Gala Concert of Verdi and Wagner with the Lachine Philharmonic, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion with Ensemble Caprice, Christmas Oratorio and Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony with the Ottawa Music Company, Fauré’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with I Musici de Montréal. An alumnus of McGill University, he has led performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, Berg’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 4, and works of Charles Ives with students and faculty as a guest conductor. Mr. de Souza is also a frequent Guest Chorus Master of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
On the operatic scene, Mr. de Souza has been a conductor, assistant conductor, vocal coach, and répétiteur with Houston Grand Opera, Opera McGill, Tapestry New Opera, the Janiec Opera Company (Brevard Music Center), the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Opera NUOVA, and Hidden Valley Opera on over 25 opera productions. He has been a guest coach with l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and a resident artist of the Banff Centre; his work as a collaborative pianist has taken him across North America and Europe. At the age of 19 he was awarded the Fellowship Degree (FRCCO) from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, winning all three prizes; he continues to perform as an organist and harpsichordist. Mr. de Souza is broadcast regularly on the CBC and through the European Broadcasting Union.