As associate conductor of Les Violons du Roy, Jean-Marie Zeitouni has worked very closely with this ensemble since 2001, leading them in over 100 performances in North America. Since 2002, Mr. Zeitouni has been associate conductor and choirmaster at the Opéra de Montréal and musical director of their young artist program. He is also music director of the Opera as Theatre program at The Banff Center.
His recent and upcoming operatic conducting engagements include The Turn of the Screw, Dido and Aeneas, Don Pasquale, Il Mondo della Luna, Il Tabarro, and Suor Angelica with the Opéra de Montréal, l’Elisir d’Amore and Roméo et Juliette with the Opéra de Québec, l’Étoile with both the Montreal and Cincinnati Opera companies, Filumena and Die Zauberflöte at the Banff Summer Arts Festival, Orpheus in the Underworld with the Glimmerglass Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Cincinnati Opera, and the world premiere of John Estacio and John Murrell’s Frobisher at the Calgary Opera.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni has recently appeared as guest conductor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, the Vietnam National Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Festival international du Domaine Forget, the Elora Festival, the Parry Sound Festival, and at the Festival international de Lanaudière. He was also music director of Choeur Contrapunctus, director of the orchestra and the opera workshop of the Faculty of Music at Laval University, choir director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and choirmaster at the Opéra de Québec. A versatile musician, Jean-Marie Zeitouni has done extensive work as an arranger and in a wide range of musical styles. He also performed as a percussionist with many orchestras and chamber music groups around the world.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni graduated from the Montreal Conservatory in conducting, percussion and theory. He studied with Maestro Raffi Armenian.