Ido Arad


Unter der musikalischen Leitung von Ido Arad beginnt das Mozarteumorchester den Abend mit einer gutlaunigen Ouvertüre. Umschmeichelnd, wohlklingend, nie zu pompös oder zu streng, mischen sich die Instrumentenklänge mit den Darstellungen in diesem Spielraum der Fantasie.

- Das Opernglas (Oberon, Salzburger Landestheater, November 2019) -


Ido Arad held the position of Kapellmeister and Assistant to the General Music Director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2016 to 2018, where he conducted productions including Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Un ballo in mascheraDon Carlo and La Traviata, as well as Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. His debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin dates back to 2015, when he conducted Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on short notice.

The 2019-20 season sees his debuts at the Salzburger Landestheater for a new production of Carl Maria von Weber’s Oberon and at Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Verdi’s Luisa Miller. He also returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for performances of La Traviata and the Staatsballett Berlin for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Recent seasons have included Mr. Arad’s debut at the Semperoper Dresden with Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty (Dornröschen) and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with the Staatsballett Berlin, as well as concerts with the Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus and Philharmonie Südwestfalen.

He maintains a close collaboration with Maestro Asher Fisch, whom he assisted with productions of La forza del destino and Salome at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich during the 2013-14 season. He again assisted Maestro Fisch in 2018 on Tristan und Isolde in concert at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth and on Richard Strauss’ Capriccio at Teatro Real in Madrid in 2019.

Prior to his time in Berlin, Mr. Arad held permanent positions at the Mittelsächsische Theater Freiberg and Stadttheater Bremerhaven, where he was the First Kapellmeister and Deputy General Music Director. During this time he conducted productions including TannhäuserEugene OneginDon CarloLa BohèmeRusalka, L’elisir d’amore, as well as a number of symphonic concerts.

Guest engagements have taken him to Theater Münster for Il barbiere di Siviglia, Theater Freiburg for Carmen and to the Anhaltische Theater Dessau for Il trovatore. He also conducted a new production of Richard Strauss’ Salome staged by Brigitte Fassbaender at Theater Regensburg in 2017.

Ido Arad was born in Florida (USA) and raised in Tel Aviv (Israel). He studied classical guitar at the Robert-Schumann-Musikhochschule Düsseldorf and conducting with Prof. Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste Berlin, where he completed his degree with a performance of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


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The opening is one of Verdi’s most contrapuntal, and Arad made every line ring with clarity.

Bachtrack (Un ballo in maschera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, November 2016)

The Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra under the baton of Ido Arad makes the music sound brilliantly and with energy.

Danses avec la plume (Roméo et Juliette Ballett, Deutsche Oper Berlin, 09 October 2018)

Arad demonstrierte geradezu die melodischen Abbrüche, harmonischen Reibungen, rhythmischen Vertracktheiten. Das Orchester folgte ihm höchst präzise und mit spürbarer Spiellust.

- Lausitzer Rundschau (2. Philharmonische Konzert, Staatstheater Cottbus, 09 October 2018) -


Photo Credit: Simon Pauly