Ingo Metzmacher was born in Hannover. He studied piano, music theory and conducting in his home town and in Salzburg and Cologne. He found his first artistic home in Frankfurt, with the Ensemble Modern and the Frankfurt Opera under the artistic directorship of Michael Gielen.
His international career began in 1988, during Gerard Mortier’s tenure as director of the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, when he stepped in to conduct a new production of Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang.
In 1997 he was appointed General Music Director of the Hamburg Opera, where in the course of the next eight seasons he conducted a series of internationally acclaimed productions, many of them in collaboration with stage director Peter Konwitschny. Highlights include Lohengrin, Wozzeck, Freischütz, Don Carlos, andMoses and Aron. He then became Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. Highlights of his tenure include performances on Henze’s The Bassarids directed by Peter Stein, Die tote Stadt and Die Gezeichneten with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, a cycle of three Da Ponte operas by Mozart in productions of Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito and a Pierre Audi production of Messiaen’s Saint François d'Assise.
From 2007 to 2010 he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. His thematic concert cycles during this time titled From The German Soul, Breakthrough 1909, andTemptation, as well as a series of Casual Concerts moderated by himself made a lasting impact on Berlin’s music life. Various tours brought the orchestra and him to Hamburg, Cologne, Bonn, Baden-Baden, Paris, Brussels, Edinburgh, London, Vienna, Rimini, Meran, Madrid, Zagreb, Riga, Vilnus, Warsaw, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing.
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