They always say opposites attract. For over two years, until May 2007, the Latin temperament – albeit under control – of a young conductor from Barcelona enthralled Swedish audiences of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, where he was Principal Guest Conductor.
Having decided to remain independent, Josep Caballé-Domenech has performed with a series of prestigious orchestras across Europe. In May 2006, he conducted his first concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Cadogan Hall in London. In his view, “the age of the superstar is over; the future will see a greater number of very talented conductors rather than a limited number of altogether exceptional ones.”
Yet he has always been in the company of exceptional conductors: be it Finland's Jorma Panula, the American David Zinman who invited him to direct the 2007 New Year’s Concert at Zurich’s Tonhalle, or Sir Colin Davis who, as his mentor in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, transmitted “his relaxed way of approaching and solving artistic problems – and human problems, which he feels are the same thing”.
Sir Colin also infected him with a passion for opera. The result? After having brilliantly directed Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at the Stuttgart Opera, then Lucia of Lammermoor at the Liceu in Barcelona, where he will return for the 2008-2009 season, Caballé-Domenech will also conduct Luisa Fernanda in summer 2008 at the Theater an der Wien in the Austrian capital, produced by Emilio Sagi, with Patricia Petitbon and Plácido Domingo in the leading roles. The première is scheduled for 7 July.