Alberto Hold-Garrido



  • Il Trovatore at the Welsh National Opera
  • Macbeth and Attila at Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile
  • La Traviata in Frankfurt Opera
  • Norma in Stockholm Royal Opera and Finnish National Opera
  • Les contes d'Hoffmann at Malmö Opera, Sweden
  • Lucia di Lammermoor at the Savonlinna Opera Festival
  • La Bohéme at the Graz Opera in Austria


Spanish-born conductor Alberto Hold-Garrido was raised in Denmark. He studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and continued his studies at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki in the legendary conducting class of Jorma Panula. He also took classes with Sergiu Celibidache in Mainz, Germany.

After graduating from the Sibelius Academy in 1994, young Hold-Garrido started to work as assistant conductor at the Finnish National Opera where he conducted I due Foscari, Salome, La Traviata and Il Barbiere di Siviglia amongst others. During this time he worked closely with stage directors August Everding, Götz Friedrich and Giancarlo del Monaco, just to mention a few. From 2001 to 2003 he succeeded Leif Segerstam in Stockholm as Music Director and Principal Conductor. There, Maestro Hold-Garrido conducted a large number of opera titles such as Der fliegende Holländer, Rheingold, Otello, Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci, Carmen, Carmina Burana, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Other highlights at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm include Don Carlo with Hillevi Martinpelto and Peter Mattei, preserved in a highly acclaimed recording, as well as a tour of Norma to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1998 with soprano Marina Mesheriakova in the title role.

For many years maestro Hold-Garrido has been one of the most popular opera conductors in Finland and Sweden. He has led new productions of Puccini’s La Rondine in Helsinki and Wagner’s Tannhäuser in Stockholm. In summer 2005 Maestro Hold-Garrido returned to Savonlinna with Aida, to Stockholm with L’elisir d’Amore and conducted Tosca at the Hedeland Festival in Denmark. He went back to the Savonlinna Opera Festival to conduct Rigoletto and the Finnish National Opera with Bellini’s Norma, staged by Renata Scotto. Soon after, the Finnish National Opera invited him back for Norma and Salome and he jumped in to conduct Giordano’s Andrea Chénier staged by Giancarlo del Monaco. In 2009 he conducted the premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Savonlinna Opera festival. In 2010 his engagements included a new Carmen at the Finnish National Opera and Tosca at the Stockholm Royal Opera. From 2013 until 2018 Alberto Hold-Garrido was the principal conductor of the Kuopio City Orchestra.

In addition to his career in Scandinavia maestro Hold-Garrido has also established his name in other parts of Europe: the Welsh National Opera and the Frankfurt Opera with La Traviata, Macbeth in Santiago del Chile, St. Gallen with Norma and Ernani (2005/06), Il Trovatore at the Welsh National Opera, Salome in the Novaya Opera in Moscow and a Gala with opera rarities by Portuguese composer Alfredo Keil at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon are some of his stages during the last years. He also conducted La bohème at the Graz Opera and Tosca at the Nationaltheater in Weimar. Recent engagements include Les contes d’Hoffmann by Offenbach at the Malmö Opera, La Traviata at the Royal Swedish Opera, La Fanciulla del West at the Finnish National Opera, Turandot in Trondheim and Norma at the Estonian National Opera, Attila in Santiago de Chile, Aida in Toulon as well as Carmen and Turandot in Helsinki.

Maestro Hold-Garrido was recently engaged for Nabucco at the Tampere Opera and Un ballo in maschera at Malmö Opera. He also conducted the revival of Carmen at the Finnish National Opera and debuted with  Ponchielli's La Gioconda in Malmö. In 2019 he returned to Tampere with La bohéme and in 2020 with Carmen in the new production by Marco Bjurström. His 2021/22 season started with some symphonic concerts in Finland and continued with I Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana at the Finnish National Opera.



Portrait Alberto Hold-Garrido

Alberto Hold-Garrido: Salome / Finnish National Opera Helsinki

Otello 1

Otello 2


Salome Interlude

Salome End


Concert Repertoire

S. Barber Violin Concerto, Essay for Orchestra op.12

B. Bartók Hungarian Pictures

L. v. Beethoven Symphonies N0. 1-9, Piano Concertos 4, 5, Violin Concerto, Overtures Fidelio, Prometheus, Egmont, Die weihe des Hauses

H. Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Overture Roman Carnaval 

L. Bernstein Candide Overture

J. Brahms Symphonies Nr 1-4; Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture, Piano Concerto no.2, Violin Concerto, Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

B.Britten Serenade for Horn, Tenor and Strings, Sinfonietta op.1, Simple Symphony op.4, Frank Bridge Variations

A. Bruckner Symphonies N0. 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 

E.Chausson Poème op.25

C. Debussy L'apres midi d'un Faune, Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra 

F. Delius Irmelin Prelude

H.Dutilleux Cello Concerto

A. Dvorák Symphonies Nr. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Cello and Violin Concerto, Carnaval-Overture, Selected Slavonic Dances, String Serenade op.22

E. Elgar Cello Concerto, Introduction and Allegro for Strings

E. Englund Symphony no.4

M. de Falla Suite from El Amor Brujo, The Three-cornered Hat, Siete Canciones Populares

A. Glazunov Symphony no.5

R. Gliere Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra

C. Gounod Symphony no.1 in D Major

E. Granados Intermezzo from Goyescas

E. Grieg: Piano Concerto; Holberg-Suite; Peer Gynt-Suites, Symphony in C Minor, Orchestral Songs

J. Haydn: The Paris-Symphonies & London-Symphonies  

H. W. Henze Requiem for Piano; Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra; Sonata per Archi

Rued Langgaard Symphony no.4 

L. E. Larsson Pastoral-Suite 

F. Liszt Piano Concertos No. 1-2, Les Preludes, Tasso 

G. Mahler Symphonies No. 1, 4, Blumine, Rückert Lieder; Kindertotenlieder; Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Wunderhorn Lieder

Frank Martin Violin Concerto

F. Mendelssohn Symphonies N0. 3, 4, 5,  Violin Concerto; Overtures Midsummernights Dream, Hebrides

W. A. Mozart Symphonies No. 25, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41; Violin Concertos No. 3, 4, 5; Piano Concertos No. 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24; Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra Overtures Seraglio, Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, Titus

C. Nielsen Symphonies No. 1-6, Violin Concerto; Flute Concerto; Helios-Overture, Pan & Syrinx, A Saga-Dream, Aladdin-Suite, Suite for Strings op.1   

A. Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

S. Prokofiev Suites from Romeo and Juliet; Piano Concertos No. 1, 2, 3, 4, Violin Concerto no.2, Symphonies No. 1 and 7, Divertimento op.43

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 1-4, Youth Symphony

M. Ravel Pavane, Ma mère l'Oye, Alborada del gracioso

O. Respighi Arie e Danze Antiche, Trittico Boticcelliano

G. Rossini Overtures Barbiere di Siviglia, Semiramide, Wilhelm Tell, L'Italiana in Algeri, La Cenerentola

Hans Rott Symphony in E Major

C. Saint-Saëns Havanaise

J. Sandström Clarinet Concerto 

F. Schmidt Symphony no.1, Intermezzo from Notre Dame 

F. Schubert Symphonies Nr. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9th, Rosamunde Overture 

R. Schumann Symphonies Nr 1-4; Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto, Violin Concerto,  Konzertstück for four Horns and Orchestra, Zwickauer Symphonie, Overtures Manfred, Genoveva 

A. Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Chamber Symphony no.2 

D. Schostakowitch Piano Concertos Nr 1, 2 ; Cello Concertos No. 1 ; Symphonies no. 1, 5

L. Segerstam Nocturne and Flower Bouquet Nr 1 

J. Sibelius Symphonies 1-7, Violin Concerto; Finlandia, En Saga, Valse Triste, Two Legends from Lemminkäinen, Carelian Suite, Pohjolas Daughter, Tapiola, Luonnotar, Höstkväll, Orchestral Songs

B. Smetana Die Moldau, Bartered Bride-Overture 

Strauss Family Various Waltzes, Polkas, Overtures

R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Rosenkavalier-Suite, Metamorphsen for 23 Strings, Orchestral Songs

I. Strawinsky Firebird

F.v.Suppé Overtures An die Schöne Galathée, Dichter & Bauer, Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abenmd in Wien

P. Tchaikowsky Symphonies N0.1, 4 ,5 ,6, Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto 1-2,  Roccoco Variations, Romeo and Juliet Overture, Polonnaise from Eugen Onegin

R. Vaughan Williams Tallis Variations, The Lark Ascending,  

G. Verdi Overtures Nabucco, Luisa Miller, Giovanna d'Arco, Traviata, Forza del Destino, Vespri Siciliani

R. Wagner Siegfried Idyll, Faust Overture, Overtures and Symphonic Fragments from Operas, Wesendonk Lieder

C. v. Weber Overtures: Freischütz, Oberon


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