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Stephanie Childress


Strong ideas, lucid communication and intensely focused energy are among the qualities that define Stephanie Childress among today’s most compelling young musicians. Recently appointed principal guest conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, her musicianship and command of a broad scope of repertoire have already led her to establish herself on both sides of the Atlantic.

Having been inspired to start conducting due to her love of opera, the Franco-British conductor begins the 2023-24 season making her Hamburg Staatsoper debut in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and returning to Glyndebourne’s autumn season for Don Giovanni. Together they mark the latest milestone in the development of a fine Mozartian, hailed by the Guardian for the ​lithe vitality’ of her interpretation of The Marriage of Figaro at Glyndebourne and on tour last year. In the 2023-24 season she will also make her conducting debut with Detroit Opera in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves.

On the orchestral podium, Childress continues to be re-invited internationally and returns to the Barcelona and North Carolina symphonies. In North America she will have debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and National Arts Centre Ottawa. In Europe Childress will also make her first appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic, and in Japan she debuts with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.