Following up last autumn’s extremely successful premieres of Martha and Eugen Onegin Frankfurt General Music Director led the revival this month of Harry Kupfer’s production of Prokofiev’s “The Gambler” at his opera house in Frankfurt bevor heading to New York to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time since 2000. There Weigle led a revival of Beethoven’s Fidelio (with Falk Struckmanns making his roll debut at Rocco) and a new production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with Renée Fleming and Elina Garança, among others.
“Mr. Weigle, who will conduct the Met’s highly anticipated new production of Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” next month, has worked extensively at houses and festivals throughout Europe, but only once before at the Met: a run in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” during the 2000-1 season. Though there were some imprecise entrances and occasional scrabbled passages in his “Fidelio,” he brought breadth, shape and character to Beethoven’s score over all, and provided sensitive support to the cast and chorus.” (NY Times, Anthony Tommasini, March 17, 2017)
“The conductor, Sebastian Weigle, led a distinguished performance that captured the restlessness of the music’s heated episodes, while drawing out its sublime flights and pungent sonorities.” (NY Times, Anthony Tommasini, April