Nicholas Carter


was born in Melbourne. In a very short time he has established himself as an extraordinarily versatile conductor and is equally at home in the symphonic and operatic repertoire. From 2011 to 2014 he was engaged at the Hamburg State Opera as conductor and assistant to Simone Young. His conductors at this house include IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, COSÌ FAN TUTTE, HANSEL UND GRETEL and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. From 2014 to 2016 he was Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and assistant to Donald Runnicles, where he conducted CARMEN, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, THE MAGIC FLUTE, THE ENTFUTURE FROM THE SERAIL, THE LOVE OF THE THREE ORANGES, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, HANSEL AND GRETEL, THE LOVE POTION and LA BOHÈME. His appointment as Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, which he led from 2016 to 2019, made him the first Australian in over 30 years to conduct one of the country's orchestras. Particular highlights included the acclaimed complete production of Brett Dean's HAMLET at the 2018 Adelaide Festival.

Guest engagements have taken him to the Santa Fe Opera, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Sinfonieorchester Basel, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchester National de Lille, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Orchester Metropolitain (Montréal), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. From 2018 to 2021 Nicholas Carter was chief conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted many new productions. With the 2021/22 season, Nicholas Carter began his work as chief conductor of the opera and co-opera director at the Bern Theater. This season also includes debuts at the Metropolitan Opera New York with Brett Dean's HAMLET, and at the Glyndebourne Festival with Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.