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.

Since 2019/20, José Miguel Esandi holds the position of First ‘Kapellmeister’ of the Staatskapelle Halle. He has since conducted new productions of Peter Eötvös’ Der goldene Drache, Britten’s Death in Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RigolettoUn Ballo in Maschera, RusalkaLa traviataCandide, the world premiere of Marc Sinan’s opera Chaosmos, as well as the new ballet Körperwelten, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Peer GyntAlice in Wonderland, Le Nozze di FigaroAriadne auf Naxos, Hänsel und Gretel, Der Freischütz and concert performances of Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. With the Staatskapelle he has also appeared in New Year’s concerts and symphonic programmes featuring works ranging from Handel and Haydn to Mendelssohn, Schubert, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Viennese Operetta.

In the season 2023-24 he will conduct new productions of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La bohème, revivals of Hänsel und Gretel and Alice in Wonderland as well as New Year’s and symphonic concerts.

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.More