Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

The Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse is the result of a merger in the 1960s between the Orchestre du Capitole (then in charge of operas and ballets produced by the Théâtre du Capitole) and the Orchestre Symphonique de Toulouse-Pyrénées. It rapidly acquired international status thanks to the dedicated work of Michel Plasson, who managed it during 35 years (from 1968 to 2003) and is now its honorary conductor.

It became the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse in 1981 and now boasts 125 musicians, having boldly entered the 21st century in 2005 with the arrival of Tugan Sokhiev, first as principal guest conductor and musical advisor, then as musical director as from 2008.

In ten years, Tugan Sokhiev has breathed incredible energy into this Toulouse-based group of musicians, undertaking a great number of tours worldwide, regularly giving concerts in such prestigious locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as well as in Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Philharmonie).

In addition to a prolific symphonic season at the historic Halle aux Grains, and the operatic and choreographic season of the Théâtre du Capitole, the Orchestre national du Capitole is regularly invited to a number of international festivals, such as the international George Enesco festival in Bucharest, the Quincena Musical festival in San Sebastian, the Chorégies d’Orange ("Aida" by Verdi and two concerts in 2011, "Requiem" by Verdi in 2016), the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier (2013, 2016), and the Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence (2015).

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