Marko Letonja - conductor
Marko Letonja studied piano and conducting with Professor Anton Nanut at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. At the same time, he studied with Professor Otmar Suitner at the Vienna Academy of Music, from which he graduated in 1989.

From 1991 to 2003, he was Musical Director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras including the Wiener Symphoniker, Münchner and Bremen Philharmoniker, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne and Monterey Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestra Sinfonica "Giuseppe Verdi" Milan on tour and the opera orchestras of Cagliari and Stockholm (with Nina Stemme).

From 2003 to 2006, he was Music Director and Chief Conductor of both the Symphony Orchestra and the Opera in Basel, where he conducted new productions of Tannhäuser, La Traviata, Der Freischütz, Boris Godunov, Tristan und Isolde, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni, among others. In addition, he made multiple recordings with the Basel Symphony Orchestra.

He has led Pique Dame at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro dell'Opera of Rome, Nabucco at Semperoper Dresden, Il dissoluto assolto/Sancta Susanna and The Makropoulos Case at La Scala Milan, La Cenerentola at the Opéra National de Montpellier, Rigoletto at the West Australian Opera in Perth, Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Berlin and Die Walküre at Opéra du Rhin, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana and Flying Dutchman at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Carmen in concert with the Munich Rundfunkorchester, La Traviata at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

After performances of Die Walküre and Siegfried at the Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon, he returned thereto for Götterdämmerung in autumn 2009. Further opera projects include Götterdämmerung and Rosenkavalier at the Strasbourg Opera, Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro and La Traviata at Opera Australia, as well as Les Contes d’Hoffmann at La Scala Milan and La Traviata in Stuttgart.

On a major New Zealand/Australian tour in the summer 2007, he conducted concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Beginning with season 2008/09 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Victoria Melbourne. He is again returning to Australia/New Zealand for concert tours 2010 and 2011. Further concerts are scheduled with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona and the Munich Rundfunkorchester.

Marko Letonja is designated Music Director of the Orchèstre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

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