Lothar Koenigs was born in Aachen and studied piano and conducting in Cologne. He became Music Director of Welsh National Opera in 2009. From 1999 to 2003 he was Music Director in Osnabrück, Germany. Since 2003 his guest engagements have included Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Munich, Dresden, La Scala, Hamburg, Brussels and Lyon in a wide repertoire, ranging from Mozart to Berg, with an emphasis on the operas of Wagner, Strauss and Janáček. He worked with the WNO Orchestra for the first time in January 2005, and was appointed as Music Director in 2008, with effect from the beginning of the 2009/2010 season. In 2010 he conducted the company’s new production of Die Meistersinger which he also led in a televised concert at BBC Proms 2010. Lothar also appears each season with the WNO Orchestra in concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Recent engagements include Don Giovanni, Katya Kabanova, Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos, Turandot, Tristan und Isolde (including performances at Edinburgh International Festival), Lulu, The Cunning Little Vixen, Tosca (WNO); Mahagonny (Cologne); Wozzeck, Ariadne auf Naxos, Lohengrin (Munich); Elektra (La Monnaie); concert performances in the UK and Europe; Die Walküre Act 3 in concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include a new production of Moses und Aron (WNO); Strauss’ Daphne (La Monnaie).