Principal Conductor of the Bonn Opera in Germany and Music Director of l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Jacques Lacombe was recently appointed Music and Artistic Director of l’Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse in France, beginning in September 2018. From 2010 to 2016 he was Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, where he received awards and critical praise for his ambitious and innovative programming. From 2002 to 2006, he was Principal Guest conductor of l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal after being music director of the Philharmonie de Lorraine in Metz, France. Jacques Lacombe is renowned as a “gifted and ambitious” conductor (The New York Times) whose artistic integrity and rapport with musicians and orchestras have propelled him to international stature.
Lacombe kicks off his premiere season as head of l’Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse in a new production of Jacques Offenbach’s Barkouf (A Dog in Power) produced by the Opéra national du Rhin in the fall of 2018 to celebrate of Offenbach’s bicentenniel. In the first days of 2019 he returns to Berlin to lead Carmen and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, then Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights in Nancy at l’Opéra National de Lorraine.
At Opera Theatre Bonn in 2017/18, Lacombe conducted Peter Grimes, Tosca, Carmen, Oberst Chabert and the double bill of Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi. He celebrated Canada’s bicentennial leading a production of Louis Riel at the Quebec Opera Festival, followed by a Gounod/Tchaikovsky orchestral program with the Quebec Symphony, which he led also in the Brahms Requiem later in the season. Also in that season Lacombe conducted Turandot at the Vancouver Opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann with l’Opera de Monte Carlo, Tosca at Calgary Opera and an end-of season run of Faust with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Subscription weeks included those with the Boston Symphony and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal.
Jacques Lacombe has appeared regularly with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood and has led the Cincinnati, Dallas, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto Symphonies in North America. He recently debuted with l’Orchestre National de France leading Werther with Joyce di Donato and Juan Diego Flores, and at the International Festival of Opera in Peru.
He has led all-star productions of La Bohème and Tosca at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Werther and Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the world premiere of Marius et Fanny with the Opéra de Marseille with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, and Un Ballo in Maschera, Ariadne auf Naxos, Der fliegende Holländer, and Eugene Onegin with the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he is a regular guest. At l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo Lacombe has led Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and La Favorite with the tenor Juan Diego Flores, and has appeared with the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg as well as at opera houses in Avignon, Liège, Marseille, Metz, Nantes and Angers, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Vancouver.
Jacques Lacombe appears on the CPO and Analekta labels, and has recorded Janáček’s Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Verdi Requiem on releases with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on PBS, the CBC, Mezzo TV in Europe, France 3 and Arte TV in France and on Hungarian Radio-Television.
Born in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Jacques Lacombe received his musical training at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Orchestral conducting teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, he received the Queen Elisabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He is also a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec and a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honors in the country.
“Under his baton, every page of the score seemed alive.”
“Lacombe shows great musicality, and outstanding sense of the structure of the works and of their expressive dimension, in short, already an undeniably talented conductor.”
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