Orchestre National Avignon-Provence

10 female conductors to see before the end of the season – Bachtrack May 2021

Télématin 19th April 2021

Interview in the Swiss magazine Scènes magazine – April 2021 

“I realized that being a woman slowed my career”: Debora Waldman, France’s first female conductor of a National Orchestra

Au Féminin – April 2021

Debora Waldman, musical director of the Orchestre National Avignon-Provence: «The road is still long, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel!»

#8mars Elles font la culture

Debora Waldman, a woman conductor for a National Orchestra

La Croix – 29th December 2020

20 Women of the year – Debora Waldman : she revolutionizes classical music

Le Figaro Madame – 6-17 October 2020

It was not until 2020 that a woman was finally appointed to the musical direction of a permanent orchestra in France!

Diapason – October 2020

Debora Waldman: finally a conductor to direct a professional orchestra that she did not found!

Télérama – 5-11 September 2020

The early days of the conductor Debora Waldman – “Transmitting music, making it accessible to all, that’s her mission (..)”

Vaucluse matin – 3rd September 2020

Debora Waldman at the head of the Orchester Régional Avignon-Provence.

France Musique La Matinale – 1st September 2020

Appointed in July 2019, Debora Waldman will officially take up her duties as musical director of the Orchestre Régional Avignon-Provence next Tuesday. The Israeli-Brazilian conductor will become the first woman to take up such a post in France.

Radio Classique – September 2020

Forever the first!

La Provence – 29th August 2020

Debora Waldman at the Orchester Régional Avignon-Provence: stronger regional roots.

Concert Classic – 30th June 2020

Appointed to the musical direction as conductor of the Orchestre d’Avignon-Provence, Debora Waldman will officially take up her duties next September for a period of 3 years. Debora Waldman is also the first permanent female conductor in France.
A breath of hope for societal parities that is needed and opens the way for new generations.

Projecteur TV – July 2020

The Orchestre Régional Avignon-Provence announces the appointment of Debora Waldman as its next music director, the first female conductor to be named to the post, effective 1 September 2020, with an initial contract of 3 years.

Diapason Magazine n°682 – September 2019

Other projects

Charlotte Sohy

“La Symphonie Oubliée”,  a book that rehabilitates the memory of the composer Charlotte Sohy.

France Musique – 6th May 2021

“Les silences de l’histoire” : Who knows Charlotte Sohy ? The work of this composer totally forgotte, student of Vierne and Indy, aroused the curiosity of the chief Debrao Waldman. And the destiny of these two women resonate in the a subtle and sensitive story written by Pauline Sommelet.

La Symphonie Oubliée – ed. Robert Laffont

Classica – May 2021

“Demandez à Clara”: the digital base that reveals the gems of music composed by women.

France Inter – 14th November 2020

Don Giovanni

She achieved, from beginning to end, an unsuspected power from the podium : a shared intensity where each musician seemed to be listening to each other.

In addition to the dense and rich fullness of the orchestral texture, Debora Waldman seemed eager to show motion, favoring, for example, flashes of twilight of a score infinitely less decorative, so to speak (superb colors of the “night” in the style of Midsummer Night’s Dream in the third movement, with the horns perfectly placed in the repeat) …

In the final Presto, the gesture was vibrant and yet efficient, arriving to its blazing climax with the famous saltarello, a musical fever (Neapolitan Tarentella) which the young woman knew how to communicate to the entire orchestra and the public, touched by her captivating grace. It was a memorable evening. 


Mendelssohn 4th Symphony 

It’s impossible not to note the conscientious work made by the conductor Debora Waldman. With a clear and precise gestic, Waldman guaranteed vitality and energy that the musical situations of this opera require, and ensured cohesion between the Academic Orchestra and the singers, even with very few rehearsals.

“Gazeta Mercantil” (Brazil)

Rita by Donizetti

Dynamism and grace in Rita, comic opera of Donizetti. A production based on the quality of the distribution and the direction of Debora Waldman

The good performance of the three singers was echoed the solidity of the direction of Debora Waldman, a young conductor born in São Paulo, who studied in Israel and Argentina, today assistant of Kurt Masur in France. In her hands, the Academic Orchestra obtained a very good result. The spectacle culminates in the brilliant finale ”Ma tu dei la mia ricetta”

O Estado de São Paulo (Brazil)