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Hartmut Haenchen



German conductor Hartmut Haenchen made his Royal Opera debut in 1991 conducting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and has since conducted Mitridate, rè di Ponto, Le nozze di Figaro, Salome and Tannhäuser for The Royal Opera.

Haenchen began his musical career as a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor and went on to study conducting and singing at the Dresden Hochschule für Musik. He was conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic 1973–6, Music Director of the Netherlands Opera (now Dutch National Opera) 1986–99 and conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra 1986–2002. He conducts for many of the world’s leading opera companies, including for La Monnaie, Brussels, Royal Danish Opera, Dutch National Opera, La Scala, Milan, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra de Lyon and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. He has a particular interest in the works of Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss, and has also conducted operas by Handel, Gluck, Beethoven, Verdi, Puccini, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Berg, Zimmermann and Reimann, among others.

Haenchen appears in concert with orchestras worldwide, including with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de La Monnaie, Orchestra dell’Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre national de France, New Japan Philharmonic, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and many others. He has made more than 130 recordings.

News and features

Listen: Wagner’s Tannhäuser – ‘It’s an amazing discovery to feel that way about music’

29 April 2016
Listen: Wagner’s <em>Tannhäuser</em> – ‘It’s an amazing discovery to feel that way about music’

Emma Bell, Christian Gerhaher and Hartmut Haenchen speak about Wagner’s early masterpiece.