In addition to his continued role as Music Director at the Oper Frankfurt, this season Sebastian Weigle will be conducting opera productions at Berlin State Opera (Hänsel und Gretel) and Wiener Staatsoper (Lohengrin), as well as concerts with such orchestras as the Berner Symphoniker, Dresdner Philharmonie, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Wiener Symphoniker.
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. In the years 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 Sebastian 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.
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. Sebastian Weigle has conducted worldwide, as for instance in Tokyo, Chicago and Melbourne.
Several CD recordings capture his work on Beethoven, Mozart, Rott and many more. 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 1st solo horn player of the Staatskapelle Berlin in 1982. In 1987 he founded the Chamber Choir Berlin and was artistic director of Neues Berliner Kammerorchester, in 1993 he became music director of the Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg. From 1997 to 2002 he was Staatskapellmeister at the Berliner Staatsoper.
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