Pierre Dumoussaud arrived on the international opera scene thanks to the award he won at Le Concours International de Chefs d’Orchestre d’Opéra organised by the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in 2017. He is now pursuing a brilliant career in the orchestra pits of Europe’s opera houses. His enthusiasm and meticulousness have won him a number of successes in France, including the Opéra de Rouen (Madame Butterfly), the Opéra de Montpellier (Fantasio) or the opera houses of Angers-Nantes and Rennes (Hamlet). He has recently premiered at the Opéra de Lausanne (La Belle Hélène), at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Mignon) and the Greek National Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor) where he will be back in 2021 to conduct The Tales of Hoffmann, in a new production staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski.
His future projects display his predilection for 19th and 20th century French music: apart from his awaited return to the opera houses of Montpellier (Le Voyage dans la Lune) and Rouen (Pelléas et Mélisande), Pierre Dumoussaud will appear for the first time at the Opéra Comique in 2021 with La Belle Hélène. After having recorded Pelléas et Mélisande for Alpha Classics at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, he will be soon reunited with the Palazzetto Bru Zane, an institution he already worked with in 2015, and release the first complete version of André Messager’s Les P’tites Michu (with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and the company Les Brigands). Another album, devoted to the composer Olivier Greif (1950-2000), is to be released by the label B Records.
A bassoonist enthused by the symphonic repertoire, Pierre Dumoussaud trained as an orchestral conductor at the Conservatoire de Paris until 2014, when he won the first prize at the ADAMI’s “Talents Chefs d’Orchestre”. The following year, when he turned 25, he replaced at the last minute Alain Lombard for a televised concert at the head of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. He has kept up a special relationship with this institution, becoming its assistant conductor (from 2014 to 2016), subsequently being at the head of several operatic productions (Don Carlo, Semiramide, The Turn of the Screw, Lucia di Lammermoor) as well as ballets (Romeo and Juliet, Giselle). From then on, invitations have multiplied: Pierre Dumoussaud has conducted turn by turn the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Kanazawa Ensemble Orchestra, the Orchestre National d’Auvergne, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre National de Metz, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, or the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France.
Invited to conduct the orchestra of the Festival de Pâques de Deauville, he has been collaborating closely with Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou and Nicholas Angelich.“Clear and modern but also eloquent and lively,” to quote Christian Merlin (Le Figaro), the conducting of Pierre Dumoussaud is appreciated by instrumentalists as well as by singers and dancers; the young conductor will appear for the first time at the Opéra National de Paris in May 2021, in the production “Hommage à Roland Petit”.