Lothar Koenigs became Music Director of Welsh National Opera in 2009.
He was born in Aachen and studied piano and conducting in Cologne. From 1999 – 2003 he was Music Director in Osnabrück, Germany. Since 2003 his guest engagements have included the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Munich, Dresden, La Scala, Hamburg, Brussels and Lyon in a wide repertoire ranging from Mozart to Berg, with a particular emphasis on the operas of Wagner, Strauss and Janacek.
He worked for the first time with the Orchestra of WNO in January 2005, and was appointed to the position of Music Director in 2008, with effect from the beginning of the 2009/10 season. In 2010 he conducted the company’s highly acclaimed new production of Die Meistersinger which he also led in a televised concert at the 2010 BBC Proms. Lothar Koenigs also appears each season with the Orchestra of WNO in concert at St David’s Hall Cardiff.
Symphonic engagements include the Hallé, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Radio Orchestra Saarbrücken, RAI Orchestra Turin, DSO Berlin, Orchestra dell´Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Rotterdam Philharmonic; Orchestra Sinfonica de Sao Paulo; RAI Orchestra (Turin), Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; Wiener Symphoniker; Dresden Philharmoniker in Verona; and concerts at the Tanglewood Festival.
Recent engagements include Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, Don Giovanni, Katya Kabanova, Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos, Turandot and Pelleas et Melisande (WNO); Mahagonny (Cologne), Wozzeck, Ariadne and Lohengrin in Munich, Elektra and Daphne at La Monnaie in Brussels and Elektra (Zürich)as well as concert performances in the UK and Europe. In August 2012 he conducted a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and in 2014 he led WNO in the first staged production of Moses und Aron in the UK for fifty years, including two performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Future engagemets include Lohengrin in Munich, his Covet Garden debut with Ariadne auf Naxos, Moses und Aron at the Teatro Real Madrid, and Capriccio and Lohengrin in Brussels.