Music Director of the Salzburg Landestheater, Leslie Suganandarajah took up the helm in 2019-20 with a new production of Lohengrin at the Festspielhaus. In the current season his productions include Macbeth, Ariadne and Peter Eötvös Angels in America.
Suganandarajah studied conducting at the Musikhochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar and was accepted onto the Deutsche Dirigentenforum in 2011. After being awarded the Hermann-Hildebrandt Scholarship for young conductors he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Michael Sanderling and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2014/15 season.
Current guest conducting highlights include the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR Sinfonieorchester, WDR Funkhaus Orchester, London Mozart Players and Opera North. He made his UK debut conducting Chineke! at the South Bank Centre earlier this season and was immediately invited to join them on their European tour in autumn 2023. Other guest conducting engagements have included the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Brucknerorchester Linz, Jenaer Philharmonie, Sinfonieorchester Vorarlberg and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. He has a flair for classical and romantic repertoire especially Schubert, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bruckner, Brahms and Strauss.
Following five years at the Theater Koblenz (1st Kapellmeister in 2015/16), he moved to Linz to take up the position of Kapellmeister at the Landestheater Linz (2017-2020). In 2018 he made his debut at the Landestheater Salzburg conducting Prokofiev Cinderella after which he was appointed Music Director from the 2019/20 season.
Suganandarajah is an experienced opera conductor and his productions include Carmen, Figaro, Elektra, The Rake’s Progress, Rape of Lucretia, Rigoletto, Otello, Il Trovatore, Othmar Schoeck Penthesilea, Fidelio, Tosca, Lohengrin and Parsifal.
Born in Colombuthurai, Sri Lanka in 1983, his family fled the civil war and moved to Germany when he was two years old. Under the care of a German family supporting refugees, he began music lessons and developed a passion for piano, flute and organ. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck.