German conductor Sebastian Weigle makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season conducting Hänsel und Gretel.
Weigle studied horn, piano and conducting at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He was appointed Principal Horn of the Berlin Staatskapelle in 1982, and went on to become a Principal Conductor with Berlin State Opera from 1997 to 2002. He was Music Director of the Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2004-9) and is since 2008 General Music Director of Frankfurt Opera, where he has conducted a wide range of works including Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, A Life for the Tsar, Der fliegende Holländer, Der Ring des Nibelungen, most of the major operas of Richard Strauss, Hänsel und Gretel, Eugene Onegin, Rusalka, Wozzeck, La fanciulla del West, Juliette, The Gambler and Peter Grimes. He has also appeared for opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera and Zürich Opera and at Bayreuth Festival where he has several times conducted Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
In 2019 Weigle becomes conductor of the Yomiuri Orchestra Tokyo. He has conducted orchestras including the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin, Dresden and Weimar Staatskapelles, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. His recordings include Richard Strauss symphonic poems with the Orchestra of Frankfurt Opera and the Museum Orchestra (Oehms Classics), works by Mozart, Beethoven and Rott and DVDs of various productions from Frankfurt Opera.