Hanover-born Ingo Metzmacher 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 Michael Gielen.
His international career began in 1988, during Gerard Mortier’s tenure as director of the Théâtre 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 Hamburg Opera, where he conducted a series of internationally acclaimed productions, many of them in collaboration with Stage Director Peter Konwitschny, over eight seasons. Highlights include ›Lohengrin‹, ›Wozzeck‹, ›Freischütz‹, ›Don Carlos‹ and ›Moses and Aron‹. The leading German opera magazine ›Opernwelt‹ voted the Hamburg opera house ›Opera House of the Year 2005‹. He then became Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. Highlights of his tenure include performances of Henze’s ›The Bassarids‹ directed by Peter Stein, ›Die tote Stadt‹ and ›Die Gezeichneten‹ with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, a cycle of the 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‹. ... read full bio