German conductor and pianist Cornelius Meister made his Royal Opera debut in 2014, conducting La bohème. He has since returned to conduct Die Zauberflöte.
Meister is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. His engagements include Die Zauberflöte and Fidelio (Vienna State Opera), Lulu (Semperoper Dresden), Salome (Opernhaus Zürich) and Der Ring des Nibelungen (Riga). He appears in concerts with leading orchestras worldwide, including, in the UK, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; in the USA, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and in Europe the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He was General Music Director of the City of Heidelberg 2005–12, becoming the youngest general music director in Europe. He is a prizewinner both as a pianist and as a conductor and has received awards for his programming and his education projects.