Lothar Koenigs was born in Aachen and studied piano and conducting in Cologne. From 1999 – 2003 he was Music Director in Osnabrück, and from 2009 – 2016 he was Music Director of Welsh National Opera. Since 2003 his guest engagements have included the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Munich, Dresden, La Scala, Hamburg, Brussels and Lyon in a wide repertoire ranging from Mozart to Berg, with a particular emphasis on the operas of Wagner, Strauss and Janacek.
Highlights of his tenure at WNO include Die Meistersinger in 2010, directed by Richard Jones with Bryn Terfel as Hans Sachs, which he also conducted in a televised BBC Prom in 2010, Tristan und Isolde at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, and Moses und Aron in 2015, with performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Symphonic engagements include the Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Radio Orchestra Saarbrücken, RAI Orchestra Turin, DSO Berlin, Orchestra dell´Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Rotterdam Philharmonic; Orchestra Sinfonica de Sao Paulo; RAI Orchestra (Turin), Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; Wiener Symphoniker; Dresden Philharmoniker in Verona; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival.
Recent engagements include Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Elektra for the Zürich Opera, a new production of Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wozzeck, Ariadne auf Naxos and Lohengrin for the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Salome for the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Elektra, Daphne and Capriccio for La Monnaie Brussels, Moses und Aron for the Teatro Real Madrid, Der Kreidekreis in Lyon, Die Tote Stadt in Warsaw and Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, Don Giovanni, Katya Kabanova, Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos, Turandot and Pelleas et Melisande for WNO.
Engagements in 2018/19 included La Clemenza di Tito for the Metropolitan Opera New York, The Queen of Spades in Oslo, Capriccio in Frankfurt, Il prigioniero for WNO and a return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London and in 2019/20 he will return to the Met for Katya Kabanova and The Magic Flute, to Oslo for Eugene Onegin, to Munich for Lohengrin and will conduct Tristan in Copenhagen.