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Hartmut Haenchen



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. In the 2019/20 Season he conducts Don Giovanni.

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, where projects included Der Ring des Nibelungen, and conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra 1986–2002. He conducts for many of the world's leading opera companies, including Opéra national de Paris, the Komische Oper Berlin and Berlin State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, 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. Selected opera engagements in recent seasons include Parsifal for Bayreuth Festival, Così fan tutte for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Verdi's Requiem in concert for Royal Danish Opera, Elektra and Tristan und Isolde for Opéra de Lyon, Wozzeck for Bavarian State Opera and in Zürich, Parsifal for Vienna State Opera and Tristan und Isolde for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Haenchen appears in concert with orchestras worldwide, including Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, 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 and Orchestre de Paris. Long-term orchestral projects include War and Peace and conducting and recording all Bruckner's symphonies in the new critical editions. 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.