Michael Wendeberg

conductor

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Dates

29.09. 14:30
Goethe-Theater, Bad Lauchstädt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Così fan tutte

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

29.09. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Hieronymus B.: Dance evening with music by John Dowland, Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Alessandro Scarlatti and a commissioned composition by Michiel Jansen

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle
Ballett Rossa, ballet

05.10. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Hieronymus B.: Dance evening with music by John Dowland, Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Alessandro Scarlatti and a commissioned composition by Michiel Jansen

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle
Ballett Rossa, ballet

19.10. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Hieronymus B.: Dance evening with music by John Dowland, Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Alessandro Scarlatti and a commissioned composition by Michiel Jansen

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle
Ballett Rossa, ballet

20.10. 11:00
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg

Gustav Mahler,  Piano Quartet in A-minor
Anton Webern,  Slow from: Two pieces for cello and piano
Anton Webern,  Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, op. 11
Anton Webern,  Four Pieces for viiolin and piano, Op. 7
Arnold Schönberg,  Fantasie for violine and piano, op. 47
Ernö Dohnányi,  Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1

Ying Zhang, violin
Theodor Toschev, violin
Hartmut Neubert, viola
Johannes Hartmann, violoncello
Michael Wendeberg, piano

29.10. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Kurt Weill,  The Threepenny Opera

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
Staatskapelle Halle

09.11. 19:30
Toni-Areal, Zurich

Helmut Lachenmann,  Mouvement
Morton Feldman,  Rothko Chapel

Arc-en-Ciel Ensemble
Vokalensemble der ZHdK, vocal ensemble
Markus Utz, conductor
Michael Wendeberg, conductor

07.12. 19:30
Opernhaus, Halle

Kurt Weill,  The Threepenny Opera

Michael Wendeberg, conductor
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 performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem as well as Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

Michael Wendeberg has conducted renowned orchestras and ensembles including the Staatskapelle Berlin, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra Ljubljana, Klangforum Wien, Remix Ensemble Porto, Musikfabrik Cologne and the Basel Sinfonietta. He has made guest appearances at the Lucerne Festival, Munich Biennale, Bregenz Festival, Venice Biennale, Eclat Festival Stuttgart 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 as well as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin at the Acht Brücken Festival Cologne. Since April 2018, after seven years as Music Director, he has been announced as 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 includes Bizet’s Carmen; Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Handel’s Orlando; Mozart’s ZaideClemenza di Tito and The Magic Flute; Verdi’s La Traviat, Un Ballo in Maschera and Il Trovatore; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale; Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and La Cenerentola; Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; Ponchielli’s La Gioconda; Bernstein’s West Side Story; and Puccini’s La Bohéme and Tosca. Michael Wendeberg gained national recognition early on in his career in 2006 with Michael Nyman’s The man who mistook his wife for a hat in Wuppertal, as well as the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s ArbeitNahrungWohnung in a production by Anna Viebrock in 2008 at the Munich Biennale, and Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Des Simplicius Simplicissimus Jugend, staged by the director Thomas Fiedler in Zurich in 2010. In 2016 he led the world premiere of Sidney Corbett’s opera Die Andere at the Magdeburg Theatre. He also returned to the Staatsoper Berlin for the revival of The Magic Flute and a new production of Aribert Reimann’s Gespenstersonate in summer 2017. Last season in Halle he conducted Beethoven’s Fidelio and Verdi’s Aida as well as the premiere of a ballet set to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

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 until 2005 he was a member of the Ensemble intercontemporain and worked intensively with Pierre Boulez. In March 2018 he appeared at the Boulez Saal with the 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 planned for summer 2018.

In the 2018/19 season, Michael Wendeberg will return to the Ensemble Intercontemporain, this time on the conductor’s podium rather than as a pianist. He will also conduct concerts with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in Birmingham and Trier and return to the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Estonian Symphony Orchestra Tallin and the Ensemble Modern. Guest appearances will lead him to the Ultraschall Festival Berlin with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin as well as to Witten with the WDR Symphony Orchestra.

2018/19 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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