Since 2009, Johannes Debus has been music director of the Toronto-based Canadian Opera Company, having been appointed immediately after his debut there. Outside Toronto, Debus conducts regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Staatsoper under den Linden Berlin, Oper Frankfurt and Santa Fe Opera.
Equally at home on the symphonic stage, Debus has recently led the Cleveland Orchestra; Houston, Baltimore, Seattle, Oregon, Milwaukee, San Diego, and Kansas City symphonies; the Hallé Orchestra; ORF Vienna and Frankfurt radio symphonies, and the symphony orchestras of Bilbao, Spain, and Perth and Tasmania, Australia.
Debus graduated from the Hamburg Conservatoire before being engaged as répétiteur, and subsequently, kapellmeister by Oper Frankfurt, where he acquired an extensive repertoire from Mozart to Thomas Adès. As an advocate for contemporary music, he has collaborated with internationally acclaimed ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien and Musikfabrik. He enjoys an ongoing relationship with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.