Thomas Guggeis created an international stir in March 2018 when he was tapped to take over a highly acclaimed new production of Salome from Christoph von Dohnányi at the Staatsoper Berlin, where he has served as Principal Assistant of Daniel Barenboim since the 2016/17 season. In that role, he accompanies the Music Director during all his important productions and assists other renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Simone Young and Antonio Pappano.
Prior to his debut at the house Unter den Linden, Guggeis‘ musical career was encompassed several interesting projects: He assisted Franz Welser-Möst for a new production of Strauss‘ Die Liebe der Danae at the Salzburger Festspiele 2016, returning there in 2017 in the same function for Aribert Reimann‘s magnum opus Lear. Also in 2016, he assisted Cornelius Meister‘s in the recording of Dvorak‘s Svatebni Košile with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Symphonically, Guggeis has worked with such orchestras as the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra. His intense involvement in contemporary music is reflected in his repeated collaborations with the Boulez Ensemble, the Munich-based Ensemble Oktopus and the Ensemble opus21plus.
In the operatic realm he led performances at the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe and the Chamber Opera Munich, where he held the post as Kapellmeister for several seasons.
In February 2018, he conducted a new production of Debussy‘s Pelléas et Mélisande at the chamber opera of the Theater an der Wien.
Beginning in the 2018/19 season Guggeis will become the new First Kapellmeister of the Staatsoper Stuttgart and will return to the Staatsoper Berlin as guest conductor for several revivals.
Guggeis studied Conducting and Piano at the conservatories of Munich and Milan with Bruno Weil, Marcus Bosch and Vittorio Parisi, and completed his training attending masterclasses with Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Jurowski and Alexander Liebreich.
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