Rani Calderon was born in Israel in 1972. Speaking fluently eight languages, he is at home both in the symphonic and in the operatic repertoire. Along with a conducting career and occasional performances as pianist, he is an active composer.
In 2013 Calderon was appointed principal guest conductor (2014-15) and music director (2015-2018) of the Opéra national de Lorraine. Prior to that (2010-2012), Calderon was the musical director of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile’s. He is the first Israeli conductor to have held such a position in France and in South America. In both theatres, he raised considerably the level of the orchestras through meticulous training and strategic choice of repertoire. He dedicated special time and attention to increasing the presence of the orchestra and the theatre in the city.
Rani Calderon studied with the best teachers of his time in both the Tel-Aviv and the Jerusalem Academy of Music. His piano teacher was the legendary Israeli pianist Pnina Salzman, pupil of Alfred Cortot. He studied conducting with Maestros Mendi Rodan and Noam Sheriff, and composition with Prof. Yitzhak Sadai.
He then went to Europe and studied the different opera styles with various specialists: Maestro Bruno Rigacci in Florence – an assistant of Tullio Serafin in his youth, Mme. Janine Reiss in Paris – the most acclaimed and influential French coach in the second half of the 20th century and a close collaborator of Maria Callas. He also worked with Mr. Richard Trimborn and Mrs. Rita Loving in Munich and Mr. Tom Christoff in Dresden – all of them specialists of the German repertoire.
Calderon conducted a vast repertoire from Gluck to Stravinsky around the world, a.o. at the Semper Oper Dresden, “Theater an der Wien”, “La Monnaie”, Bruxelles, The Royal Danish Opera, Opéra National de Lorraine, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra de Toulon, Opera de Bilbao the New Israeli Opera, Opéra de St. Etienne, Oper Graz, Festival di Martina Franca, Opéra de Liège, Theater St. Gallen.
He conducted a wide symphonic repertoire with various symphonic orchestras such as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias Oviedo, The Israeli Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Rumanian Radio orchestra and others.
As a teaching conductor he is invited regularly to the prestigious Jacob’s School of Music at the Indiana University, to conduct concerts, operas and teach.
As a composer, Rani Calderon is currently working on a large scale opera in French based on Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre-Dame de Paris”. Written in the great tradition of the nineteenth century it includes chorus scenes, arias and duets. It’s orchestral prelude will receive its world premiere in a concert conducted by Calderon this summer (2019) at the Colmar Music Festival in Alsace, France. It’s style has been described by the French critic Jean Jacques Groleau as “colourful, of extraordinary richness, and full of emotion in a way that is rarely heard nowadays.”
Calderon has composed three song cycles for voice and piano\orchestra for bass, tenor and soprano, as part of a larger project of six songs cycles for different voices, all set to text by the greatest Russian poet – Alexander Pushkin, as well as the poet’s “To Ovid” for solo bass, chorus and orchestra.
A passionate language learner, Calderon speaks fluently eight languages: Hebrew, English, Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish and ancient Greek.