Ivo Meinen

Ivo Meinen


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«Ivo proved himself a formidable interpreter of Rossini with a rare flair to bring out the lightness as well as the necessary drive of phrasing to make the performances outstanding success. His patience and skill in dealing with colleagues, both singers and orchestral musicians as well as his administrative skills are exemplary. I look forward to our next collaboration ! Bravo Ivo !»
Laurence Dale (2018)
«Ich erlebte Ivo Meinen als hervorragender Operndirigent. Unter seiner kunstvollen Leitung ergänzen sich Gesangsführung und Musikstruktur perfekt. Ivo Meinen ist ein phantasievoller, von profundem Wissen geleiteter Künstler. Seine feinfühlige Musikalität stellt er durch ein energievolles und geschmeidiges Dirigat unter Beweis. Seine psychologische Feinfühligkeit macht ihn zu einem wertvollen, zuverlässigen Dirigenten."»
2018Puccini: Madama ButterflyConductor
2018Verdi: La TraviataConductor
2018Bizet: CarmenConductor
2018Mozart: Die ZauberflöteConductor
2018Verdi: RigolettoConductor
2018Strauss J.: Die FledermausConductor
2017Dvořák: RusalkaConductor
2017Rossini: Le Comte OryConductor
2015Puccini: ToscaConductor
2015Puccini: Gianni SchicchiConductor
2014Mozart: Cosi Fan TutteConductor
2013Mozart: Le Nozze Di FigaroConductor


During his activities as a steady reserve of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Ivo Meinen already conducted symphonic as well as opera repertoire. 

Season 2017/2018 he has been kapellmeister in the opera house of Yekaterinburg, the 3rd opera house of Russia.
In 2011 Meinen conducted the successful production of the Dutch première of "La Pietra del Paragone" (G. Rossini) at Opera Trionfo and toured throughout the Netherlands. From that moment on the emphasis of his conducting activities lies on opera. He worked on operas such as "Don Pasquale" (G. Donizetti), "Guillaume Tell" (G. Rossini) and he also jumped in for extra performances of "Le Nozze di Figaro" (W.A. Mozart) in a production of the Dutch National Academy and a staged performance of "St. John Passion" (J.S. Bach) at the Dutch Reisopera.

He conducted the Dutch premiere in Amsterdam of the opera "Vom Fischer und seiner Frau" of the Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck. He also conducted operas such as "Gianni Schicchi", "Tosca" and "Madama Butterfly"(G. Puccini), "Rigoletto" and "la Traviata"(G. Verdi),"Il barbiere di Siviglia" and "Comte Ory" (G.Rossini) and "Carmen" (G. Bizet) ao.

In 2007 Ivo Meinen was selected by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra to take part in a masterclass given by Valery Gergiev during the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam. This masterclass is documented on the DVD "Conducting doesn’t tire me": a portrait of Valery Gergiev. In the same year, Ivo Meinen received the prestigious Kersjes Prize for conducting and in September of 2015 Ivo was prizewinner at "the Blue Danube Opera Conducting Competition", Rousse (Bulgaria).

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Madama Butterfly 24 hours Ekaterinburg Opera House 2018
Verdi: La Traviata 24 hours Ekaterinburg Opera House 2018
Bizet: Carmen 24 hours Ekaterinburg Opera House 2018
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 24 hours Ekaterinburg Opera House 2018
Verdi: Rigoletto 24 hours Ekaterinburg Opera House 2018


Blue Danube opera conducting competition
Kersjes Prize