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Chief Conductor and Music Director: Royal Swedish Opera

Lawrence Renes is the Music Director of Royal Swedish Opera, having previously gained an excellent operatic reputation with a broad range of repertoire including a number of contemporary operas. He gave the US premiere of Tan Dun's Tea with Sante Fe Opera to great critical acclaim in 2007 and has returned twice since, for Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte. He has made debuts in recent seasons at La Monnaie, Teatro Nacional São Carlos, English National Opera and Den Norske Opera in works as diverse as Das RheingoldElektra, The Rake’s ProgressCarmen, Doctor Atomic and the world premiere of Nuño Corte Real’s Banksters. He has also conducted Eugene Onegin at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and The Cunning Little Vixen at De Nederlandse Opera, and made his debut at San Francisco Opera in 2011/12 season conducting Nixon in China.

Guest engagements on the concert platform in 2013/14 season and beyond include returns to Seattle Opera, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Residentie Orkest, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as his debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia. In recent years Lawrence Renes has conducted many of Europe’s most prestigious orchestras including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, WDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony,  Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the London, Oslo, Bergen, Hong Kong, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras.

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"In the Shostakovich symphony, where feverish tension plays so major a role, [Renes' beat] fired a brutish, trenchant response." (Ken Walton, The Scotsman, May 2014)

“Lawrence Renes draws a lustre and responsiveness as to confirm his rapport with musicians whose Chief Conductor he has been since 2012. One hopes he will be heard on disc with this orchestra again before long.” (Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, February 2014)

“Under Lawrence Renes’ baton, the orchestra played as if possessed. Heroic, enduring strings and woodwinds made a convincing case for the music. Renes, in his local debut, conveyed power and authority” (San Francisco Examiner, June 2012)

"This second programme in the Philharmonic's new season saw conductor Lawrence Renes again in place of Edo de Waart - and standing tall following his direction of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony."

"There were several reasons for logging this performance in the memory bank, mainly the impression it gave of hearing the work for the first time. Coming in, unusually, at well under an hour, Renes wasn't for hanging about with indulgent speeds or living for each goose pimple, his solid overview of each of the four substantial movements requiring a melodic flow that was urgent but never manic." (South China Morning Post, September 2011)

"The Mahler…came off brilliantly. Sitting down to conduct, Renes was a chamber musician among colleagues, and the collective vigour and stylishness of the performance was like a superior account of, say, the Schubert Octet, but much more moving…The symphony, with its extraordinary ending, seemed freshly miraculous." (The Sunday Times, June 2011)

“It was an intelligently crafted and thought-provoking piece — given a fine performance here under the young Dutch conductor Lawrence Renes. And let’s see more of him! In Shostakovich’s massive Eighth Symphony he galvanised the BBC Symphony Orchestra into playing with palpable passion, flamboyance and driving energy." (The Times, April 2010)

“Playing the composer's 1890 revision of [Bruckner’s Eighth] symphony, Renes gave a performance of the monumental piece that brought energy and excitement not only to big, full orchestra moments, but small, delicate passages as well… This is a piece of stark contrasts, in which the soaring sound of the full orchestra often drops quickly to just a few instruments. Renes and the orchestra made those contrasts work with intense, interesting music-making in the piece's smallest moments, as well as in the grandest. Crescendos, often stretched over repeated phrases, and artful pauses, just the right length to let the previous chord decay in the hall while maintaining energy, were both part of this fascinating interpretation.” (Journal Sentinel, November 2009)

“No praise can be too high for the chorus work, still more that of the orchestra which, under Lawrence Renes, is forever powering towards, in Oppenheimer’s words “a brilliant luminescence”, trumpet-topped and grimly magnificent.” (The Independent, February 2009)

“Chris Alexander and Lawrence Renes, then, had much going in their favour. But they must still be warmly congratulated for welding their constituent elements into one of the most comprehensively moving and beautiful opera productions that I can remember experiencing.” (Seattle Times, October 2008)