Ingo Metzmacher

As a conductor of operas and orchestras, a festival director and published author: Ingo Metzmacher has established himself as a leading advocate of music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To make the new sound familiar and the familiar sound new has been his focus since the beginning of his career.

Ingo Metzmacher has held posts as General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Chief Conductor of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as well as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In 2016, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Hanover-based multidisciplinary arts festival KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. The next edition of the festival will take place from 10 to 26 May 2019.

A frequent guest at some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and opera houses, Metzmacher is also the author of two books, Keine Angst vor neuen Tönen [Don’t Be Afraid of New Sounds] and Vorhang auf! Oper entdecken und erleben [Curtain Up! Discovering and Experiencing Opera].