A passionate advocate for amplifying the role of music within today’s world, conductor Stephanie Childress is already making her mark as an artist of remarkable skill and has been likened to “other notable young conductors of the past such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Simon Rattle” (Varsity). Her musicianship and command of the symphonic and operatic repertoire have already led to her establishment on both sides of the Atlantic, where she has collaborated with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Winner of the second prize at La Maestra conducting competition in Paris in 2020, she was enrolled in the Conducting Académie of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Académie of the Opéra de Paris, and in 2021-2023 she served as Assistant Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Having been inspired to start conducting by her love of opera, Stephanie Childress has worked as assistant conductor at the English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival, and she made her Glyndebourne debut in autumn 2022 conducting The Marriage of Figaro in Lewes and on tour, earning critical praise.
Childress’ 2023-24 season starts with two Mozart operas: a revival of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Hamburg State Opera in October, and the first revival of Mariame Clément’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne in November.