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Ingo Metzmacher



German conductor Ingo Metzmacher made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 conducting Die tote Stadt and has since conducted The Rake’s Progress and The Nose.

Metzmacher was born in Hanover and studied piano, music theory and conducting in Hanover, Salzburg and Cologne. After early engagements with Ensemble Modern and Frankfurt Opera, he began his international career conducting Der ferne Klang for La Monnaie, Brussels. He was General Music Director of Hamburg State Opera 1997–2005, Chief Conductor of Dutch National Opera 2005–8 and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 2007–10. Opera engagements include Wozzeck for La Scala, Milan, Capriccio for Paris Opéra, Die Eroberung von Mexico, Prometeo, Al gran sole carico d’amore and Die Soldaten for Salzburg Festival, Königskinder, Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, From the House of the Dead, The Nose and Palestrina for Zürich Opera House, Der Ring des Nibelungen for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Parsifal and Jenůfa for Vienna State Opera and Ariadne auf Naxos for Berlin State Opera.

Metzmacher’s wide discography include Henze’s Symphony no.9 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Messiaen’s Eclairs sur l’Au-delà… with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His Salzburg Festival performances of Die Soldaten, Dionysos and Fierrabras are available on DVD. His books include Vorhang auf! Oper entdecken und erleben (2009) and Keine Angst vor neuen Tönen (2005).

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Watch: Insights into Shostakovich's The Nose

27 September 2016
Watch: Insights into Shostakovich's <em>The Nose</em>

Director Barrie Kosky, members of the cast and the production's creative team share their vision for Shostakovich’s baffling and brilliant first opera.