José Miguel Esandi

General Management
Born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, José Miguel Esandi started out as a horn player in the National Youth Orchestra before he enrolled with the New World School of the Arts, in Miami, Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelor degree. He holds a Master’s degree with honors from the University of Music in Vienna.

Between 1999 and 2007 he tought conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague was a répétiteur of vocal repertoire. During this time he assisted renowned maestros such as Hartmut Haenchen, Carlo Rizzi and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on numerous opera productions at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, De Vlaamse Opera, Opéra National de Paris and at the Salzburg Festival, among others.

In 2019/20, José Miguel Esandi joined the Bühnen Halle as First ‘Kapellmeister’ of the Staatskapelle. He has since conducted new productions of A Midsummer Night’s DreamRigolettoUn Ballo in MascheraRusalkaLa traviataCandide, the world premiere of Marc Sinan’s opera Chaosmos, as well as Le Nozze di FigaroAriadne auf Naxos, Hänsel und GretelDer Freischütz and concert performances of Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. With the Staatskapelle he has also appeared in New Year’s concerts and various symphonic programmes featuring works ranging from Handel and Haydn to Mendelssohn, Schubert, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Viennese Operetta.

In the season 2022/23, he will conduct new productions of Peter Eötvös’ Der goldene Drache and Britten’s Death in Venice, the new ballet Körperwelten, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, reprise Peer GyntAlice in Wonderland and Der Freischütz next to concerts featuring works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Viennese Operetta and Stravinsky.

Since 2017, José Miguel Esandi is a regular guest at Dorset Opera Festival in the UK, conducting Rossini’s Le Comte d’Ory, Donizetti’s Lucia di LammermoorCosi fan tutteManon Lescaut and Die Zauberflöte.