German conductor Hartmut Haenchen made his Royal Opera debut in 1991 conducting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. He has since returned to conduct Mitridate, re di Ponto, Le nozze di Figaro, Salome and Tannhäuser with the Company, and has also appeared at the Royal Opera House as a guest artist with Komische Oper Berlin conducting Orfeo ed Euridice.
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.
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Emma Bell, Christian Gerhaher and Hartmut Haenchen speak about Wagner’s early masterpiece.