Lothar Koenigs

Conductor Pelléas et Mélisande

Lothar Koenigs became Music Director of Welsh National Opera in 2009. He was born in Aachen and studied piano and conducting in Cologne. From 1999 to 2003 he was Music Director in Osnabruck, Germany. Since 2003 his guest engagements have included the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Munich, Dresden, La Scala, Hamburg, Brussels and Lyons, in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Berg, with a particular emphasis on the operas of Wagner, Strauss and Janacˇek. He worked with the WNO Orchestra for the first time in January 2005, and was appointed to the position of Music Director in 2008, with effect from the beginning of the 2009/10 season. In 2010 he conducted the company’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg which he also led in a televised concert at the BBC Proms. Symphonic engagements include the Halle, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Radio Orchestra Saarbrucken, RAI Orchestra Turin, DSO Berlin, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Rotterdam Philharmonic; Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo; Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; Wiener Symphoniker; Dresden Philharmoniker in Verona; and concerts at the Tanglewood Festival. Recent engagements include Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, Katya Kabanova, Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos (WNO); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Cologne); Wozzeck, Ariadne and Lohengrin in Munich; Daphne at La Monnaie as well as concert performances in the UK and Europe. In August 2012 he conducted a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde at the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2014 he led WNO in the first staged production of Moses und Aron in the UK for 50 years, including two performances at the Royal Opera House. Future engagements include Lohengrin (Munich), Elektra (Zurich); Hansel und Gretel, Capriccio and Lohengrin (Brussels); Moses und Aron (Madrid); Britten’s War Requiem (Oslo) as well as concert performances in the UK and Europe.