German conductor Lothar Koenigs made his Royal Opera House debut with Welsh National Opera in 2014 conducting Moses und Aron. He made his Royal Opera debut the following year conducting Ariadne auf Naxos.
Koenigs was born in Aachen and studied piano and conducting in Cologne. He was Music Director in Osnabruck 1999–2003. He became Music Director of Welsh National Opera in 2009. Highlights of his work with Welsh National Opera include Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Fidelio, Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, Hänsel und Gretel, Lulu, Pelléas et Mélisande, Ariadne auf Naxos, Kát’a Kabanová, The Cunning Little Vixen and Boulevard Solitude. His other operatic engagements include Daphne and Capriccio (La Monnaie, Brussels), Ariadne auf Naxos, Lohengrin and Wozzeck (Bavarian State Opera), Elektra (Zürich Opera), Moses und Aron (Teatro Real, Madrid), Die tote Stadt (Polish National Opera) and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Cologne).
In concert, Koenigs has worked with such orchestras as the Hallé, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Radio Orchester Saarbrücken, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo. He also regularly appears with the WNO Orchestra at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.