Michael Wendeberg

conductor

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Dates

08.04. 20:00
Hellerau - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden

Mark Andre,  Riss 1
Mark Andre,  Riss 2
Mark Andre,  Riss 3

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Ensemble Modern
Mark Andre, composition

09.04. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Kurt Weill,  Die Dreigroschenoper

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

11.04. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Don Giovanni

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Nina Kupczyk, stage direction
Staatskapelle Halle

17.04. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Peter Tschaikowsky,  Eugene Onegin

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

24.04. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Antonín Dvořák,  Rusalka

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Veit Güssow, stage direction
Staatskapelle Halle

26.04. 16:00
Opernhaus, Halle

Peter Tschaikowsky,  Eugene Onegin

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

03.05. 14:30
Goethe-Theater, Bad Lauchstädt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Così fan tutte

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle
Axel Köhler, stage direction

17.05. 19:30
Cuvillies-Theater, München

Ole Hübner,  Opera, Opera, Opera! - Revenants and Revolutions

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle
Michael v. zur Mühlen, stage direction

18.05. 19:30
Cuvillies-Theater, München

Ole Hübner,  Opera, Opera, Opera! - Revenants and Revolutions

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle
Michael v. zur Mühlen, stage direction

19.05. 19:30
Cuvillies-Theater, München

Ole Hübner,  Opera, Opera, Opera! - Revenants and Revolutions

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle
Michael v. zur Mühlen, stage direction

23.05. 20:00
Kunstraum Walcheturm Zürich

Thomas Kessler,  My lady soul
Michael Pelzel,  New Work
Stefan Wirth,  New Work

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Ensemble Proton Bern

25.05. 19:30
Dampfzentrale Bern

Thomas Kessler,  My lady soul
Michael Pelzel,  New Work
Stefan Wirth,  New Work

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Ensemble Proton Bern

26.05. 19:30
Marianischer Saal Luzern

Thomas Kessler,  My lady soul
Michael Pelzel,  New Work
Stefan Wirth,  New Work

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Ensemble Proton Bern

31.05. 18:00
Opernhaus, Halle

Peter Tschaikowsky,  Eugene Onegin

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

02.06. 20:00
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

Jiří Kadeřábek,  New Work for ensemble
Gerard Grisey,  Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil

Melody Louledjian, soprano
Ensemble Modern
Michael Wendeberg, conductor

05.06. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Ole Hübner,  Opera, Opera, Opera! - Revenants and Revolutions

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

17.06. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Ole Hübner,  Opera, Opera, Opera! - Revenants and Revolutions

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

21.06. 16:00
Steinorvarieté Halle

Georges Bizet,  Jeux d’enfants op. 22
Paul Dukas,  Villanelle for horn and orchestra
Marcel Grandjany,  Symphonic Poem for harp, horn and orchestra
Georges Bizet,  Symphony No.1 in C major

Birgit Franz, horn
Andreas Wehrenfennig, harp
Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

26.06. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Ole Hübner,  Opera, Opera, Opera! - Revenants and Revolutions

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

28.06. 16:00
Opernhaus, Halle

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Don Giovanni

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Nina Kupczyk, stage direction
Staatskapelle Halle

Biography

Classical repertoire – from Bach to Schoenberg – comes just as naturally to conductor and pianist Michael Wendeberg as his passion for new music. In 2016 he took up the position of “Erster Kapellmeister” at the Halle Opera, where in the current season he is conducting Stravinsky’s Firebird and concert performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin, along with an opera premiere of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Michael Wendeberg has conducted renowned orchestras and ensembles including the Staatskapelle Berlin, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra Ljubljana, Klangforum Wien, Remix Ensemble Porto, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Musikfabrik Cologne and the Basel Sinfonietta. He has made guest appearances at the Lucerne Festival, Munich Biennale, Bregenz Festival, Venice Biennale, Eclat Festival Stuttgart, Ultraschall Berlin Festival and Klangspuren Schwaz, as well as at Wien Modern. He made his debut with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Beethovenfest Bonn and with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin at the Acht Brücken Festival Cologne. Since April 2018, after seven years as Music Director, he is first guest conductor of the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva.

Michael Wendeberg studied piano with Markus Stange, Bernd Glemser and Benedetto Lupo, and conducting in Toshiyuki Kamioka’s masterclass in Saarbrücken. During this time, he worked as Toshiyuki Kamioka’s assistant at the Wuppertaler Bühnen. After graduating Michael Wendeberg held positions at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Staatsoper Berlin, where he assisted Daniel Barenboim and guest conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle, and was principal conductor at the Lucerne Theater.

His opera repertoire ranges from Handel's Orlando, Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, La Clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera and Aida, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Bohème and Tosca and Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream to numerous premieres. He attracted national attention early in his career with the world premiere of Enno Poppe's ArbeitNahrungWohnung in a production by Anna Viebrock at the Munich Biennale in 2008. In 2017 he returned to the Staatsoper Berlin for performances of Die Zauberflöte and for a new production of Aribert Reimann's Gespenstersonate. In Halle, he conducted Weber’s Freischütz and Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine, as well as the premiere of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

As a pianist, Michael Wendeberg has won several national and international piano competitions and performed as a soloist at renowned festivals and with prestigious orchestras under conductors such as Jonathan Nott, Marek Janowski and Daniel Barenboim. From 2000 to 2005 he was a member of the Ensemble intercontemporain and worked closely with Pierre Boulez. In March 2018 he appeared at the Boulez Saal with Boulez’s complete works for piano, a feat he first pulled off as part of the late composer’s 90th birthday celebrations at the Staatsoper Berlin in 2015; a CD production of the sonatas is also soon to be released.

In the 2019/20 season, concerts with Ensemble Modern have already taken him to Schwaz, Shanghai and Prague. He also directed concerts for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and returned to the WDR Symphony Orchestra. He makes his debut with the SWR Symphony Orchestra as a guest at the Eclat Festival Stuttgart, and at the Munich Biennale conducts a new opera by the composer Ole Hübner. In August 2020 as part of Suntory Hall’s Summer Festival he will direct the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Debussy’s Jeux alongside a new viola concerto by Isabel Mundry for soloist Nils Mönkemeyer.

2019/20 Season

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Reviews

With relish, Michael Wendeberg inspires the musicians of the Staatskapelle to traverse both the precision of chamber music and the full opulence of Strauss.
Nmz, Joachim Lange, 24/02/2019

But it also worked so well because Michael Wendeberg drove the ensemble to create a minutely detailed, characterful and, where necessary, dirty orchestral tone that was always secure, and that reflected the heated atmosphere on stage.
Opernwelt, April 2018

Michael Wendeberg not only led the Staatskapelle with arresting precision, but also co-ordinated a complex mass of sound which contained a whole palette of sound beyond that of a standard classical orchestra; squeaks, rustles, a piece of styrofoam for a string instrument, and a whole host of electronics. The musicians are no strangers to new sounds, and confidently proved themselves to be true all-rounders.
Die Deutsche Bühne, Joachim Lange, 06/03/2017

The Sinfonietta Basel drew attention to the music with precision and, where the composer intended it, thrilling intensity. Guest conductor Michael Wendeberg led the musicians with a springy beat, making numerous light and haunting moments possible.
Die Oberbadische, Willi Vogel 09/03/2015

Pölzgutter pays minute attention to the gestures and emotions that depict the music. The conductor Michael Wendeberg presents the music in detail with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra with emphasis. The most beautiful sounds come out of the orchestra pit, the orchestra listens and thinks with him.
NZZ, Alfred Zimmerlin, 29/04/2014

This is when one can really see what an alert conductor is capable of. The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under Michael Wendeberg’s direction is on top-form, playing crisply, springily, nimbly and colourfully. This is what makes Donizetti’s music, which is not free from sentimentality, fun; the impetus from the orchestra pit carries what is happening onstage with authority.  
www.kulturteil.ch, Peter Bitterli, 27/04/2014 (on “Don Pasquale” in Lucerne)

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