B i o g r a p h y

British conductor Ben Glassberg is Music Director of Opera de Rouen Normandie, Principal Guest Conductor designate of Volksoper Wien and Associate Guest Conductor of Orchestre National de Lyon.  He first came to international attention upon winning the Grand Prix at the 55th Besançon Young Conductors Competition 2017 at the age of 23.  Since then, Ben has gone on to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, La Monnaie, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra amongst others.


Following his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, conducting a performance of La Clemenza di Tito, Ben has returned frequently to the festival and tour for performances including Madama Butterfly and La Traviata. Since 2019, as Principal Conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour (2018-2021), Ben conducted productions of L’Elisir d’Amore, Les Mesdames de la Halle, Fidelio and Handel's Messiah. In recent seasons Ben also conducted the complete Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy and a new production of The Turn of The Screw (directed by Andrea Breth) at La Monnaie and enjoyed symphonic debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Other recent highlights include La Boheme at English National Opera and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Rouen.


Ben began his tenure as Music Director of Opera de Rouen at the start of the 2020/21 season with a CD of La Clemenza di Tito for Alpha Classics. Upcoming highlights include symphonic debuts with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lille. Ben will also return to the BBC Philharmonic, following his debut with them at the 2021 BBC Proms. 

Ben enjoys recording, as well as performing, and past releases include award-winning CDs for Warner Classics with guitarist Thibaut Garcia and mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa. A new complete recording of Britten's The Turn of the Screw will be released on Alpha Classics in May 2022.

photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke

photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke