Thomas Guggeis

Thomas Guggeis (c) Cyriakus Wimmer

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. Since the beginning of the 2018/19 season Guggeis is the new First Kapellmeister of the Staatsoper Stuttgart, where he leads such productions as La Bohème, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly and Der Prinz von Homburg. In 2016/17 he has served as Principal Assistant of Daniel Barenboim where he accompanied the Music Director during all his important productions and assists other renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Simone Young and Antonio Pappano. In the current season he will lead Der Freischütz, Hänsel und Gretel and Die Zauberflöte at Staatsoper Berlin. Furthermore he will lead a new production of Oberon at the Theater an der Wien.

Prior to his debut at the house “Unter den Linden”, Guggeis‘ musical career 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 in the recording of Dvorak‘s Svatebni Košile with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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.

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.

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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