Patrick Lange named new GMD
“With Patrick Lange, we are gaining a young conductor who already enjoys considerable international success. Theatre lovers from Wiesbaden and the entire region can look forward to many exciting musical years with him” said Mayor Sven Gerich at the long-awaited announcement of the theatre’s new GMD appointment. Minister of Cultural Affairs, Boris Rhein, went further to say: “At only 35 years old, the former Principal Conductor from the Komische Oper can boast with an impressive international career”. Mr. Lange will take up office in Wiesbaden with the start of the 2017/2018 season.
As early as 2005, Claudio Abbado appointed Lange as assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. In his capacity as Abbado’s assistant, he also collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra Mozart Bologna and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In 2007, he won the European Culture Award in the “Young Conductors” category and conducted at Zurich and Lucerne Opera. He became first Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2008 and was appointed Chief Conductor of the house in May 2010, a role which saw him conducting a wide range of repertoire. He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in November 2010 and has since become a frequent and popular guest there. Further engagements have taken him to Dresden’s Semperoper, Covent Garden in London, the Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, Glyndebourne, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the opera houses of Zurich and Frankfurt, Korean National Opera in Seoul and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, to name but a few. He made his highly-acclaimed debut at Paris Opera with Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”, choreographed by John Neumeier.
Lange follows in the footsteps of Zsolt Hamar, who is leaving the Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden after four successful years. “The theatre and orchestra have attained an excellent artistic level, one which the new General Music Director can further build on. This quality is also a testament to the work of Zsolt Hamar, and the City of Wiesbaden would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to him”, said Rose-Lore Scholz, City Councillor in charge of Cultural Affairs.