Pedro Halffter Caro, born in Madrid, is a conductor and composer. From 2001 to 2004 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker, and Principal Conductor of the Bayreuth Festival Youth Orchestra . Other distinguished positions have included Principal and Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria from 2004-2015, Artistic Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica of Seville from 2004 to 2014, and Artistic Director of the Teatro de la Maestranza of Sevilla from 2004 to 2018.
He has worked in Vienna, Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai, Salzburg, Munich, Barcelona, Essen, Mannheim and Toulouse conducting orchestras such as London Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, New Japan Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Dresdner Philharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Strasbourg Philharmonic, Orchester Symphonique de Montreal, San Antonio Symphony, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, among others.
Highlights of his successes as a composer and conductor have included the premiere at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2016 of his new orchestration of Viktor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis and his symphonic versions of Wagner’s works, such as Tannhäuser, Gotterdämmerung, Parsifal and Siegfried, which have been performed by the best orchestras in Spain, Italy and France. He has conducted operatic titles such as Die schweigsame Frau at the Bayerische Staatsoper and at the Münchner Opernfestspiele, Salomé and Der ferne Klang at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Turandot at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Norma with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Rigoletto at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Die Zauberflöte and La Traviata at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Le nozze di Figaro at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Der Kaiser von Atlantis in the Muziekgebouw and in Amsterdam, among others. Recent standouts include his work on Götterdämmerung at Dortmund in a new symphonic arrangement made by him, La Bohème at ABAO and Tannhäuser, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Fidelio, Falstaff, Adriana Lecouvreur, Der kaiser von Atlantis, Il Trovatore and Andrea Chénier at the Teatro de la Maestranza.
His facet as a composer extends from his first works premiered in 1998 to his commission from the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, premiered in 2015. His numerous compositions have been interpreted by the most important orchestras. He has made recordings with labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Music and Warner Classics.
The most recent season has included Tosca at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, La voix humaine / Eine Florentinische tragödie at ABAO, Florencia en el Amazonas in Tenerife and La traviata at the Teatro de la Maestranza. In 2023 he returned to ABAO to direct Tosca. He is a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría of Seville.