Lothar Koenigs

Conductor

Management

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Biography

Lothar Koenigs was Music Director of Welsh National Opera in 2009 – 2016.

He was born in Aachen and studied piano and conducting in Cologne. From 1999 – 2003 he was Music Director in Osnabrück, Germany. 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, 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 and at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival,  Elektra for the Zürich Opera, La Clemenza di Tito, a new production of Lulu, and Die Zauberflöte at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wozzeck, Ariadne auf Naxos and Lohengrin for the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Salome for the Staatstheater Stuttgart,  Die Tote Stadt in Warsaw, Elektra, Daphne, Capriccio and Die Tote Stadt for La Monnaie Brussels, Moses und Aron for the Teatro Real Madrid, Wozzeck, Pique Dame, Britten’s War Requiem and Eugene Onegin in Oslo, Der Kreidekreis and Ariane et Barbe-Bleue in Lyon, Tristan und Isolde in Copenhagen, Capriccio in Frankfurt, and Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, Don Giovanni, Katya Kabanova, Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos, Turandot and Pelleas et Melisande for WNO.

Engagements in 2021/22 include a new production of Capriccio in Munich.

 

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Reviews

  • Moses und Aron

    WNO’s Lulu last year showed that Lothar Koenigs is a wonderfully accomplished conductor of the Second Viennese School, and every layer of Schoenberg’s orchestral score emerges with total clarity and sincerity. The surging Mahlerian string line that underpins Moses’ despair at his inability to communicate is a hair-raising close, while moments of chamber-like intimacy and dionysiac abandon are beautifully contrasted.

    Andrew Clements The Guardian
  • Pelléas

    The last time WNO staged Pelléas it was conducted by Pierre Boulez. Koenigs is just as adept at conjuring hollow, spine-chilling textures, and far more impassioned about projecting the music’s decadent yet alluring emotions.

    Culture The Times

News

  • Lothar Koenigs nominated for Grammy Award for Met Lulu
    11.12.17

    Lothar Koenigs nominated for Grammy Award for Met Lulu

  • Lothar Koenigs to conduct a new production of Les Troyens for the Semperoper Dresden
    10.04.17

    Lothar Koenigs to conduct a new production of Les Troyens for the Semperoper Dresden

  • Lothar Koenigs to conduct Salome in Stuttgart with Katarina Karnéus as Herodias
    03.03.17

    Lothar Koenigs to conduct Salome in Stuttgart with Katarina Karnéus as Herodias

  • Lothar Koenigs shortlisted in the Conductor category of the International Opera Awards
    08.02.17

    Lothar Koenigs shortlisted in the Conductor category of the International Opera Awards

  • Lothar Koenigs to conduct new production of Lulu at the Met
    05.10.15

    Lothar Koenigs to conduct new production of Lulu at the Met

  • Lothar Koenigs to make Royal Opera debut this month
    28.09.15

    Lothar Koenigs to make Royal Opera debut this month