Ido Arad


German-based Israeli conductor Ido Arad is distinguished for his clarity of interpretation, technical precision and the impelling energy of his music.

Highlights of the current season include his return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin (LA TRAVIATA / THE MAGIC FLUTE) and the Teatro Massimo Palermo (THE NUTCRACKER). He conducts several projects in Israel as well as a highly anticipated production of Stravinsky’s THE RITE OF SPRING and PETRUSHKA (choreographed by Pina Bausch and Marco Goecke) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Staatsballett Berlin). In the 2023/24 season he makes his debut at the Vienna Volksoper (Wiener Staatsballett) and returns to the Berlin Staatsoper for a revival production of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.

Recent seasons included engagements at the Semperoper Dresden with Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and at the Salzburger Landestheater with a new production of Weber’s OBERON. He returned to Salzburg for a symphonic concert with the Mozarteumorchester as well as to Israel. He conducted performances of GISELLE, SLEEPING BEAUTY, ONEGIN and THE NUTCRACKER and Prokofiev’s ROMÉO ET JULIETTE with the Staatsballett Berlin as well as concerts with the Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus and Südwestfalen Philharmonic.
Ido Arad held the position of Kapellmeister and Assistant to the General Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2016 to 2018, where he conducted productions of CARMEN, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, DON CARLO, LA TRAVIATA and LES HUGUENOTS, among others.

Prior to that, Ido Arad held permanent positions at the Mittelsächsische Theater Freiberg and Stadttheater Bremerhaven, where he was the First Kapellmeister and Deputy General Music Director. Guest engagements have also taken him to Theater Münster, Theater Freiburg, and to the Anhaltische Theater Dessau. He conducted a new production of Richard Strauss’ SALOME staged by Brigitte Fassbaender at Theater Regensburg in 2017. In his formative years, Arad collaborated with Asher Fisch, whom he assisted on a production of SALOME at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich during the 2013-14 season, and later on TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in concert with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth, as well as on Richard Strauss’ CAPRICCIO at Teatro Real in Madrid.