Stefan Blunier

Stefan Blunier (c) Thilo Beu
Stefan Blunier (c) Thilo Beu

After his impressive success with Wozzeck at Grand Théâtre de Genève in 2017 Stefan Blunier was invited immediately to return to Geneva for the new production of Zigeunerbaron in 2017/18. During this season concert engagements will bring him to NHK Tokyo, to Brussels, Frankfurt, Hannover, Porto, Biel and Solothurn a.o. Upcoming engagements will include performances at Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at Oper Frankfurt.

His engagements in 2016/17 included Lohengrin at Oper Frankfurt, his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin with Salome, the revival of Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmelites at Staatsoper Hamburg, the new production of Wozzeck at Grand Théâtre de Genève and the new production of Catalani’s Loreley at Festival St. Gallen. In the course of the season Maestro Blunier has conducted concerts in Leeds, Stuttgart, Kyoto, Bratislava, Budapest and Malmö.

Maestro Blunier opened the season 2015/16 with the new production of Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini at Bonn Opera. Afterwards he conducted a new production of Hoffmanns Erzählungen, directed by Barrie Kosky at Komische Oper Berlin. Concert engagements brought him to Aalborg, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Milano, Glasgow and Brussels a.o. With Beethoven Orchester Bonn he completed the recording of all Beethoven symphonies. As Bonn’s General Music Director (2008 – 2016) he attracted nationwide attention for the Beethoven Orchester Bonn and the Bonn opera with productions like d’ Albert’s Der Golem and Schreker’s Irrelohe. Both productions are released on CD by Dabringhaus & Grimm and awarded with ECHO 2011 for d’ Alberts Der Golem, the ECHO 2012 plus the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 1/2012” for Schreker’s Irrelohe.

Stefan Blunier conducted the Beethoven Orchester Bonn in important venues, such as the Kölner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg and on tours in China and USA. Meanwhile an impressing discography with recordings of rarely performed works by Anton Bruckner, Franz Liszt and Franz Schmidt documents the successful cooperation of Stefan Blunier and “his” Beethoven Orchester Bonn.

After his highly successfull debut with Daphne at Oper Frankfurt in 2013/14 he was immediately contracted for Tristan und Isolde in the same season and will return in one of the upcoming seasons.  He made his debuts as well at Oper Zürich and at De Norske Opera Oslo, where he is re-engaged for Les Contes d’ Hoffmann in 2014/15.

Blunier was guest of nearly all German Rundfunkorchester, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker as well as leading orchestras in Danmark, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and France. Opera engagements let him to the important opera houses in Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Berlin, Montpellier, Bern, ENO London and Schwetzinger Festspiele.

Swiss conductor Stefan Blunier studied piano, horn, composition and conducting in Bern and at Folkwang Hochschule Essen and is founder of „Ensemble für Neue Musik Essen“.


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