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José Miguel Pérez-Sierra Biography

Pérez-Sierra is one of the most important spanish conductors of his generation. He studied piano with José Ferrándiz, a Claudio Arrau’s disciple. After that, he undertook studies of musical virtuosity and phenomenology and got his higher degree early as 16 years old.

In 2002, Giancarlo del Monaco introduces him to Gabriele Ferro, who would accept Pérez-Sierra as his assistant for productions in San Carlo of Naples, Massimo of Palermo,Teatro Real Real in Madrid. Pérez-Sierra has attended Masterclasses given by Colin Metters at the Royal Academy of London and by Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena. From 2004 works as assistant for Alberto Zedda, and from 2009 is his assistant director in Valencia’s Placido Domingo Young Artist Program.

He made his professional debut as a conductor in 2005 with Galicia Symphony Orchestra, that has invited him often in the following seasons. In 2006 Pérez-Sierra made his international debut conducting Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims” in the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro with the orchestra of the Comunale Theatre of Bologna, becoming the youngest conductor in the Festival history, and reaping an unanimous success both of audience and critics.

From this moment, Pérez-Sierra has conducted the finest orchestras of Spain, Italy, Georgia and Portugal, like the Orchestras of the Comunidad Valencia, Madrid, Navarra, Castilla y Leon, Córdoba, Baleares, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Oviedo, Tbilisi, Porto’s Orchestra do Norte. In the last seasons he conducts “La Traviata” in Pamplona, “Norma” in Palma de Mallorca, “La Scala di Seta” in Valencia (Palau de les Arts), “L’ Italiana in Algeri” in Las Palmas, “L’ Elisir d’ Amore” in Oviedo (Campoamor Theatre), “Rigoletto” in Tenerife (2011), and several symphony concerts.

Invited again at the Pesaro’s Rossini Festival in 2011, he has been again acclaimed in “La Scala di Seta” and later in Mahler’s Rückert Lieder in Montevideo (2012), “Il Trovatore” in Palma de Mallorca (2012), “L’Elisir d’Amore” in Bilbao (ABAO 2012).

The season 2012/2013, was rich in great productions such as “Madama Butterfly” in Pamplona, debuts with the orchestra of the Radio/Televison RTVE in Madrid (Dvorak 4.), Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Wagner in Palma de Mallorca (1rst act Walküre & 3d act Götterdämmerung), Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” in Bilbao with Sondra Radvanovski and last but not least, his debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona in “Madama Butterfly” with Roberto Alagna in Pinkerton.

In july 2013, he conducts Rossini’s “Ricciardo e Zoraide” at the Wildbad Rossini Festival, with recording for Naxos.

In 2013/2014 he conducts “Cenerentola” in Metz, “Il Trovatore” in Pamplona, concerts with the Castilla y Leon Symphony Orchestra, the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, the Robert-Schumann Philhamonie in Chemnitz/Germany, “L’occasione fa il Ladron” en Trieste, Bellini’s “I Puritani” in two different productions in Bilbao and in Santiago de Chile and makes his debut at the Teatro San Carlo de Napoli conducting a bel canto concert with Mariella Devia.

In July 2014, Perez-Sierral conducts “Madama Butterfly” for the opening evening of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.

In December 2014, he makes his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid in a concert tribute to Montserrat Caballé with great soloists such as Mariella Devia etc…

Highlights among his recents engagements are “Turandot” in Metz, , La Bohème at the Opéra de Reims (France), Falstaff at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (Italy), a concert with the mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato and L’Italiana in Algeri at the Rossini Belcanto Opera Festival in Wildbad, “La Bohème” at the Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, Il Turco in Italia both at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile and at Metz Opéra Théâtre and La Sonnambula and Barbiere di Siviglia in Bilbao for the ABAO-OLBE season.

He recorded the Rossini opera Ricciardo e Zoraide for Naxos (2013), a recital with the mezzo Marianna Pizzolato (Naxos) (2015), a monografy of Illarramendi with the symphony Orchestra of Euskadi(2015)(Sony), and is soon to record another Rossini recital with tenor Maxim Mironov for Naxos (2016).

In concerts, he conducts various tours with the orchestra of San Sebastian (Dvorak, R.Strauss), and the 3rd Bruckner Symphony with the Radio Television Orchestra (RTVE) in Madrid, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 4. & 5.).

In November 2016 he debuts with the Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid (Verdi, Moussorgsky, Scriabine).

Recents and Upcomings engagements include too: Il Trittico / Puccini in Metz, Lucrezia Borgia / Donizetti in Bilbao,  Il signor Bruschino at the Opéra de Strasbourg (France), Lucia de Lammermoor in Mahon, La Cenerentola in Santiago de Chile, Bellini ‘s Adelson e Salvini at Teatro Pergolesi de Jesi, Manon Lescaut  at Teatro Massimo Bellini de Catania, concerts with Mariella Devia, Ainha Arteta, Leo Nucci…

In 2018 we will find him in the Teatro Real de Madrid wiht a production and recording of a romantic opera Zubiaurre’s Don Fernando el Emplazado, and another time in the Teatro de la Zarzuela with Maruxa (A. Vives). In 2019 he wil conduct Tosca and Carmen.