Andreas Spering has been the artistic director of the Brühler Schlosskonserte since 1996, where he has conducted works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schönberg, Mahler, Mozart and Stravinsky. He has also been music director for Karlsruhe Händel Festival. He has collaborated with the opera houses in Essen, Darmstadt, Kiel, Karlsruhe and Potsdam.
Andreas Spering conductor born 1966
Andreas Spering is one of the leading specialists in historically informed performances. He was strongly influenced by his studies with Gerd Zacher in Essen and his position as harpsichordist 1994).
Since 1996, Andreas Spering has been Artistic Director of the Brühl Castle Concerts Festival and the Capella Augustina, which he founded. Since 2002, this festival has focused on the works of Joseph Haydn, and Andreas Spering has thus established the first and only annual Haydn festival in Germany.
As an opera conductor, Andreas Spering has been to many well-known houses such as Gothenburg, Gent, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Sevilla, Hannover and Essen, where he conducted productions such as The Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Fidelio, Der Freischütz, Rinaldo and Almira. With the Bayerische Theaterakademie at the Prinzregententheater in Munich he recently performed a new production of Mayr’s Adelasia e Alermano.
In France, he has worked at the Festival d’Provence where he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2010 and was immediately re-invited for performances of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera two years later. During his time as Music Director of the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, he conducted many of Handel’s operas.
This season, Andreas Spering holds the title of “conductor in residence” at the Staatstheater Mainz, where he will lead a new production of The Fairy Queen as well as a new production of Medée. He will also collaborate with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence for performances in Bahrain and conduct a new production of La clemenza di Tito in Strasbourg.
Andreas Spering has collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Orchestra Sinfónica de Euskadi, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
In Germany, he has worked with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, Beethoven Orchester Bonn and the radio orchestras of Hannover, Leipzig and Munich. This season, Andreas Spering will conduct Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Philharmonie Zuidnederland and lead another touring project with Kammerorchester Basel and Sabine Meyer as soloist.
Known for his thoughtful choice of repertoire, Andreas Spering discography includes Handel’s Siroe and Imeneo and the first ever recording of Reichardt’s Erwin and Elmire. In 2005, the recording of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung performed on period instruments (Naxos) received international critical acclaim. The recording of early Haydn cantatas was awarded by the magazine “Le Monde de la Musique.”, Haydn’s seldom performed oratorio Il ritorno de Tobia (Naxos) received the German Recording Award 2008.
Both Brahms serenades (cpo) were released in 2008, Haydn’s Applausus was released in 2010. Last season, a recording of Mozart Arias with the Kammerorchester Basel and Sabine Meyer was released by Sony and gained international acclaim.
Andreas Spering is one of the leading European early music specialists. His artistic outlook was decisively influenced by Gerd Zacher, under whom he studied in Essen, as well as by Reinhard Goebel and his renowned ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, of which Spering was a member as harpsichordist from 1990 to 1994.
In 1996, Spering was appointed Artistic Director of the Brühl Palace Concerts near Bonn. With the orchestra Capella Augustina, of which he is founder, he has been focusing that concert series on the works of Haydn since 2002, thereby establishing the first and only festival dedicated to Haydn in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Andreas Spering is much in demand on the international opera scene. He has conducted the great Mozart operas and a number of works by Handel, along with Beethoven’s Fidelio and Weber’s Freischütz, in Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Nantes, Rouen, Strasbourg, Hanover, Essen, Nuremberg and Seville, and also at the Handel Festivals of Halle and Karlsruhe on several occasions. Spering has guested at Aix-en-Provence Festival conducting the Mozart operas Don Giovanni and La finta giardiniera, and at the Bavarian Forest Cultural Festival with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.
Spering is regularly invited to conduct orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Gewandhaus orchester Leipzig, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the New Japan Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, and the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Hannover, Leipzig, Saarbrücken, and Munich. Most recently he was re-invited to conduct the WDR Funkhausorchester (Cologne)as well as the Dresdner Philharmonie.
His forthcoming agenda includes his début in Nice conducting Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony, two guest appearances with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, a performance of Handel’s opera Alcina on the occasion of the Karlsruhe Handel Festival’s 40th anniversary, and the reprise of the widely acclaimed Amsterdam production of Pierre Audi’s And you must suffer.
Andreas Spering has made recordings of the Handel operas Siroe (harmonia mundi) and Imeneo (cpo), Johann Friedrich Reichard
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