The conductor Ingo Metzmacher was born in Hanover and began his career in Frankfurt, working not only with Ensemble Modern but also at the city’s opera house under Michael Gielen. He also worked as a conductor at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels during the Mortier years. From 1997 to 2005 he was general music director of the Hamburg State Opera and during that time he conducted many internationally acclaimed productions, including several by Peter Konwitschny. He then moved to Amsterdam as principal conductor of the Netherlands Opera. From 2007 to 2010 he was principal conductor and artistic director of the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin. Highlights of recent seasons have included his appearances at the Salzburg Festival, where he has conducted stage works by Nono, Rihm, Zimmermann and Birtwistle, as well as performances at the Holland Festival, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Royal Opera House in London, the Zurich Opera and the Vienna and Berlin State Operas. He has also given countless concerts with leading orchestras, including the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Czech Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Plans for 2014/15 include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg and, finally, Ensemble Modern. Opera performances include Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at the Vienna State Opera, Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at La Scala and a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Berlin State Opera.
Recent additions to Ingo Metzmacher’s extensive discography include Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà… with the Vienna Philharmonic, Pfitzner’s Von deutscher Seele with the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin and a live recording of Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District from the Vienna State Opera. DVD releases include the Salzburg Festival productions of Die Soldaten and Rihm’s Dionysos as well as the Zurich production of Humperdinck’s Königskinder. Ingo Metzmacher is also the author of two books, Keine Angst vor neuen Tönen and Vorhang auf! Oper entdecken und erleben.
Current as of August 2014