Michael Hofstetter dirigent född 1961

Michael Hofstetter dirigent född 1961

Michael Hofstetter er født i München, og er i de senere år blevet anerkendt som en af de mest talentfulde unge dirigenter i Tyskland. Han blev allerede i sin konservatorietid engageret som chefdirigent ved Oberbayerisches Städtetheater.Senere blev han engageretved Fürstbischofiches Opernhaus i Passau, og var i 1991-1997 chefdirigent ved Hessisches Staatstheater i Wiesbaden og 1997-1999 musikchef ved Stadttheater i Giessen. Siden 2001 har han været ansat som chefdirigent for Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, og har desuden dirigeret på bl.a. Deutsche Oper i Berlin, Den Norske Opera,Hamburgische Staatsoper og Komische Oper i Berlin.

Michael Hofstetter dirigent född 1961

Michael Hofstetter debuterede ved Salzburg Festspillene med Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg 2003. Hans speciale er barokmusik, og han arbejder meget dedikeret med at skabe en autentisk barokklang i ’moderne’ orkestre.Blandt Hofstetters fremtidige engagementer er bl.a. Mozarts Figaros bryllup på Bayerische Staatsoper i München og Rossinis Tyrken i Italien på Hamburgische Staatsoper i 2005, samt Mozarts Tryllefløjten på Bayerische Staatsoper München under Mozartfestivalen i 2006.

Han er blevet udnævnt til årets dirigent af det anerkendte tyske operatidsskrift Opernwelt, og har modtaget både Richard Strauss-prisen og Robert Stolz-medaljen. Glucks Orfeus og Eurydike er Hofstetters debut på Det Kongelige Teater.

IN ENGLISH

Michael Hofstetter (born 6 September 1961) is a German conductor and academic. He was chief conductor of the festival Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele from 2005 to 2012, and have been Generalmusikdirektor of Gießen since.
He has worked internationally at notable opera houses and festivals. He is regarded as an expert of historically informed performance, who has rediscovered and recorded rarely performed operas.

Career

Born in Munich, Hofstetter studied organ, piano and conducting at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in his hometown. He worked as Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. He was the chief conductor of the festival Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele from 2005 to 2012, where he performed and recorded rarely played operas, including Salieri’s opera Les Danaïdes in 2006,  and in 2008 the premiere of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Liebe und Eifersucht which was never performed in the composer’s lifetime.

He performed there Verdi’s Il trovatore in a 2011 production with period instruments. A review noted that ”Michael Hofstetter’s well-chosen tempos, elegant yet unfussy phrasing, and precise control of dynamics propel the opera with real excitement”.  From 2006 to 2012, he was chief conductor of the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, conducting premieres of works by Moritz Eggert and Helmut Oehring.  Beginning in 2012, he has been Generalmusikdirektor at the Theater Gießen. He was also from 2012 to 2017 chief conductor of the orchestra recreation – Großes Orchester Graz.

Hofstetter was professor of orchestral conducting and Early Music at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz.  He is regarded as an expert for historically informed performance. He has performed internationally at opera houses such as Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bavarian State Opera, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hannover, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, and at festivals including styriarte in Graz the Salzburg Festival.

He has regularly worked at the Handel Festival Karlsruhe  from 1999, including Partenope in 2011. At the Houston Grand Opera, he conducted a production of Béatrice et Bénédict by Berlioz in 2008, and Beethoven’s Fidelio in 2012.   He conducted Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff in 2009,  and Verdi’s La traviata at the English National Opera in London in 2013, staged by Peter Konwitschny.

Hofstetter was nominated as Conductor of the Year several times, for Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Opernhaus Dortmund in 2000, for Hasse’s Didone abbandonata at the Prinzregententheater in Munich in 2011,  and in 2013 for his work as GMD in Gießen,  which included Handel’s Agrippina  and Weber’s Der Freischütz.

Awards

  • Robert-Stolz-Medaille (Gold) 
  • Horst-Stein-Preis 

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