Sebastian Weigle

Sebastian Weigle (c) Wolfgang Runkel

In addition to his continued role as Music Director at the Oper Frankfurt, the 2018/19 season sees Sebastian Weigle conducting opera productions at Wiener Staatsoper (Freischütz), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Hänsel und Gretel) and Deutsche Oper Berlin (Tannhäuser). He will also lead several concerts with Frankfurter Museumsorchester, as well as concerts of Bruckner´s Symphony No. 9 with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Weigle was also recently announced as the next Principal Conductor the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (YNSO) in Tokyo, a position he will take up at the beginning of the 2019-20 season.

After several highly successful productions at the Oper Frankfurt – including Die Frau ohne Schatten, which brought him the nomination for “Conductor of the Year“ of the prestigious journal “Opernwelt” in 2003 – Sebastian Weigle became Music Director at the beginning of the 2008/09 season, a role he has held since. From 2004 to 2009 he was also music director at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona where, in 2005, his Parsifal was awarded “Best Production of the Year” and, in 2006, Mr. Weigle himself was awarded “Conductor of the Year“ based on his conducting of Die tote Stadt. In the summer of 2007 he made his debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele with a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Mr. Weigle’s many guest engagements have taken him to the opera houses of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Zurich and Mannheim, to the Wiener Staatsoper as well as the Volksoper, the New York Metropolitan Opera and to Tokyo. On concert stages he has conducted renowned orchestras such as the Radio Orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Stuttgart, the Bamberger Symphoniker, and all the major Scandinavian orchestras. Mr. Weigle has conducted worldwide, giving concerts in such cities as Tokyo, Chicago and Melbourne.

Several CD recordings capture Mr. Weigle’s work on Beethoven, Mozart, Rott and many other composer. In 2012, his Ring des Nibelungen production of the Oper Frankfurt appeared on DVD (Oehms-Classic).

Born in 1961 in Berlin, Sebastian Weigle studied horn, piano and conducting at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler and was appointed Principal Horn of the Staatskapelle Berlin in 1982. In 1987 he founded the Chamber Choir Berlin and was artistic director of Neues Berliner Kammerorchester. He later became music director of the Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg, in 1997. From 1997 to 2002 he was Staatskapellmeister at the Berliner Staatsoper.


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