Sebastian Weigle · conductor
Born in Berlin, Sebastian Weigle studied French Horn, Piano and Conducting at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music. In 1982 he was appointed as Principal Solo-Hornist of the Staatskapelle Berlin. From 1997 to 2002 he acquired a broad repertoire as Staatskapellmeister at the Berlin Staatsoper. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as General Music Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and acceded from the season 2008/09 the same position at Oper Frankfurt. There he made his debut in 2002/03 with Strauss’ Salome, followed by the premiere of Die Frau ohne Schatten. For the extraordinary success of this production, he was voted Conductor of the Year in 2003 by the critics of the Opernwelt magazine. This award was already given to him three times in Barcelona: in 2005 for his conducting of Parsifal, in 2006 for Die Tote Stadt by Korngold and in 2010 for his conducting of Tristan and Isolde.
2019 Sebastian Weigle became principal conductor of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo/Japan.
Engagements have taken him, amongst others, to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Dresden Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna Staatsoper and the opera houses of Cincinnati and Sydney as well as to Japan. Until 2011, he led the full five-year performance cycle of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bayreuth Festival. With the same opera, which also took him to the Spring Festival Tokyo in 2013, Sebastian Weigle debuted in the season 2013/14 at the Zurich Opera. Conducts Richard Strauss’ Salome at the Hamburg State Opera in April 2014 and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the 2014 Munich Opera Festival.
Sebastian Weigle also receives regular invitations from orchestras, including the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle of Berlin, Dresden and Weimar, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recordings of musical works by Beethoven, Mozart and Rott among others and numerous opera productions of Oper Frankfurt were published under his direction on CD and DVD. A cycle of symphonic poems by Richard Strauss with the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra released by Oehms Classics will follow in due course.
- Born in Berlin
- Founding member of the “Berliner Bläserquintett“
- Study of French Horn, Piano and Conducting at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin
- Principal Solo-Hornist of the Staatskapelle Berlin
- Member of the “Berliner Oktett”
- Member of the jazz orchestra “Vielharmonie”
- Teaching position at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin
- Artistic Director of the “Kammerchor Berlin”
- Debut as conductor and soloist of the “Neues Berliner Kammerorchester” at the Salzburg Festival
- since 1993
- Music Director of the “Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg”
- Professor of French Horn at the Universität der Künste Berlin
- Kapellmeister at the Berliner Staatsoper
- Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Orchestra education at the Universität der Künste Berlin
- Principal “Staatskapellmeister” at the Staatsoper Berlin
- General Music Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona
- Debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Musical Director of the new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
- since 2008
- General Music Director of the Oper Frankfurt