Ingo Metzmacher was born in Hanover and began his career in Frankfurt, working with Ensemble Modern and 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 Gerard Mortier years. From 1997 to 2005 he was general music director of the Hamburg State Opera, where 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 Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He becomes artistic director of the Herrenhausen Arts Festival for three years from May 2016.
Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, where he has conducted stage works by Nono, Rihm, Zimmermann, Birtwistle and Schubert, as well as performances at the Holland Festival, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 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 the 2015/16 season include concerts with the DSO Berlin, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Modern. He will also conduct Prometeo at the Ruhrtriennale, Wozzeck at La Scala, Milan, Khovanshchina at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Jenůfa at the Vienna State Opera.
Ingo Metzmacher has recorded numerous CDs and DVDs, including the Salzburg Festival productions of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, Rihm’s Dionysos and Schubert’s Fierrabras. He is also the author of two books, Keine Angst vor neuen Tönen and Vorhang auf! Oper entdecken und erleben.
Current as of July 2015