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Nicholas Carter

Chief Conductor and Co-Operndirektor, Bühnen Bern

  • Most recently celebrated for his conducting of Brett Dean Hamlet and Britten Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera, Nicholas Carter is one of the leading opera conductors of the younger generation. Since 2021 he has been Chief Conductor and Co-Operndirektor of Bühnen Bern, following his positions as Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hamburg and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and as Chefdirigent of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester from 2018 to 2021. Serving as Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2019, Carter has since been in international demand in the symphonic field.

  • Zuletzt für seine Dirigate von Brett Deans Hamlet und Brittens Peter Grimes an der Metropolitan Opera gefeiert, zählt Nicholas Carter zu den führenden Operndirigenten der jüngeren Generation. Seit 2021 ist er Chefdirigent der Oper und Co-Operndirektor der Bühnen Bern, nachdem er Kapellmeister-Stationen an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper und der Deutschen Oper Berlin durchlief und 2018–2021 Chefdirigent des Stadttheater Klagenfurts und des Kärntner Sinfonieorchester war. 2016–2019 war er Principal Conductor des Adelaide Symphony Orchestra und ist seither auch im symphonischen Bereich international gefragt.

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  • At the heart of Nicholas Carter's tenure in Bern is the new production of Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen, which he will also conduct at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the 2023/2024 season. He conducts Bizet Les pêcheurs de perles at both the Oper Zürich and the Oper Köln and makes his debut at Stuttgart Opera with Rheingold in 2023/24. He has also worked with the Wiener Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival. His extensive operatic repertoire ranges from Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Strauss to Russian and French works and contemporary composers such as Brett Dean, with whom he has a close artistic relationship.

    Alongside regular collaborations with Australia's leading symphony orchestras, Carter's recent and forthcoming highlights include appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Dallas and Oregon Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Bochumer Symphoniker, Seoul Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others.

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  • Im Zentrum von Nicholas Carters Berner Amtszeit steht die Neuproduktion von Wagners Ring des Nibelungen, den er in der Saison 2023/2024 auch an der Deutschen Oper Berlin leiten wird. Bizets Perlenfischer dirigiert er sowohl an der Oper Zürich als auch an der Oper Köln und debütiert 2023/24 mit Rheingold an der Oper Stuttgart. Er arbeitete außerdem an der Wiener Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera und Deutsche Oper am Rhein sowie beim Glyndebourne Festival. Sein Opernrepertoire ist umfangreich und reicht von Mozart, Verdi, Wagner und Strauss über russische sowie französische Werke bis hin zu zeitgenössischen Komponisten wie Brett Dean, mit dem ihn eine enge künstlerische Beziehung verbindet.

    Nicholas Carter arbeitet regelmäßig mit den führenden Australischen Sinfonieorchestern zusammen und gastiert u.a. beim BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, den Sinfonieorchestern von Dallas und Oregon, Orchestre National de Lille, Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Bochumer Symphoniker, Seoul Philharmonic und Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.



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'Nicholas Carter, who also made his Met debut conducting “Hamlet,” here led “Grimes” with drive, precision and a painterliness that lends the work the cohesive shape of a tone poem.'

The New York Times

'The orchestral music is tense and exciting under Nicholas Carter’s baton, reflecting the emotional turbulence onstage in a propulsive, effervescent stream with only occasional reflective pauses.'


'Carter, who had been so impressive in illuminating the intricate complexities of Dean’s Hamlet, again drew magnificent playing from the Met orchestra, especially in the four glorious Sea Interludes. Also thrilling was the tautly crisp touch he brought to the ear-scorching ensembles in which the villagers rage against Grimes.'


Intermusica represents Nicholas Carter worldwide.

Dennis Gerlach
Senior Artist Manager, Munich
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Will O'Brien
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9944

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