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Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
(born 1 April 1959 in Berlin) is a German conductor. He is Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
and the Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival.


1 Biography & Career 2 Recordings 3 TV and film productions

3.1 Productions about Thielemann 3.2 Productions with Thielemann 3.3 Concert records on TV

4 Awards 5 Further reading 6 Other works 7 References 8 External links

Biography & Career[edit] Thielemann studied viola and piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and took private lessons in composition and conducting before becoming répétiteur aged 19 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin
with Heinrich Hollreiser[1] and working as Herbert von Karajan's assistant.[2] He worked at a number of smaller German theatres including the Musiktheater im Revier
Musiktheater im Revier
in Gelsenkirchen, in Karlsruhe, Hanover, at Düsseldorf's Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
as First Kapellmeister and in Nürnberg as Generalmusikdirektor before returning to the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin
in 1991 to conduct Wagner's Lohengrin. During this time he also assisted Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim
at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. His 1991/92 season debut in the United States, conducting a new production of Strauss' Elektra in San Francisco was soon followed by engagements at the Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
in New York. In 1997, he became Generalmusikdirektor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. A report in 2000 stated that Thielemann was to leave the Deutsche Oper in 2001 over artistic conflicts with the then-incoming artistic director Udo Zimmermann.[3] Thielemann remained with the company until 2004, when he resigned over conflicts regarding Berlin city funding between the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.[4] Thielemann became principal conductor and music director of the Munich Philharmonic in September 2004. He stepped down from his Munich post in 2011, after disputes with orchestra management over final approval of selection of guest conductors and programs for the orchestra.[5] In October 2009, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
announced the appointment of Thielemann as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2012/13 season.[6] His current contract with Dresden was through 2019.[7] In November 2017, the Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
announced the extension of Thielemann's contract as chief conductor through 31 July 2024.[8] Thielemann is a regular conductor at the Bayreuth Festival, following his début in 2000 with Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and at the Salzburg Festival.[9] With the decision in September 2008 of the Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
Festival Foundation to appoint Katharina Wagner
Katharina Wagner
and Eva Wagner-Pasquier
Eva Wagner-Pasquier
to succeed Wolfgang Wagner
Wolfgang Wagner
as directors of the Bayreuth Festival, Thielemann was named Musical Advisor.[10] In June 2015, the Bayreuth Festival
Bayreuth Festival
formally announced the appointment of Thielemann as its music director.[11] Controversy has attended to Thielemann after attribution of anti-semitic remarks to him in 2000, regarding Daniel Barenboim, which Thielemann subsequently denied.[12][13] Other controversy has related to Thielemann's publication of opinions in sympathy to the Pegida movement.[14] In 2003, Thielemann was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz).[15] In October 2011, he received honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music
in London. In 2015, Thielemann won the Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
Award (Richard-Wagner-Preis) of Leipzig.[16] He served as the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Opera Studies at Oxford University in January 2016. Recordings[edit] For Sony Music

Ludwig van Beethoven, "The Symphonies", Vienna Philharmonic, 2012

For Profil

Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 8, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, October 2010

For Opus Arte

Richard Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen
Der Ring des Nibelungen
with Michelle Breedt, Albert Dohmen, Stephen Gould, Hans-Peter König, Linda Watson and Eva-Maria Westbroek, Bayreuth Festival
Bayreuth Festival
orchestra, recorded live during the 2008 Festival, November 2009

For Brilliant Classics

Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Wagner, Pelleas und Melisande
Pelleas und Melisande
and Siegfried Idyll, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, November 2009

For Decca

Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier
Der Rosenkavalier
DVD with Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata and Jonas Kaufmann, Munich Philharmonic, October 2009

For Deutsche Grammophon

Der kleine Hörsaal, Dirigieren mit Christian Thielemann, July 2007 Ludwig van Beethoven, Overture "Egmont" and Johannes Brahms, Symphony No.1, Munich Philharmonic, April 2007 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem, Munich Philharmonic
Munich Philharmonic
and Choir of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, November 2006 Richard Wagner, Parsifal, Choir and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, April 2006 Anton Bruckner, Symphony No.5, Munich Philharmonic, March 2005 Heinrich Marschner, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Otto Nicolai, Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, Overtures, Vienna Philharmonic, October 2004 Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, May 2004 Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
Ein Heldenleben
and Symphonic Fantasy of Die Frau ohne Schatten, Vienna Philharmonic, August 2003 Albert Lortzing, Richard Strauss, Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, Deutsche Opernarien with Thomas Quasthoff
Thomas Quasthoff
and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, April 2002 Robert Schumann, Symphonies No.1 and No.4, Philharmonia Orchestra, 2001 Richard Strauss, Arabella
with Kiri Te Kanawa
Kiri Te Kanawa
and the Orchestra and Choir of the Metropolitan Opera, March 2001 Richard Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie and Suite of Der Rosenkavalier, Vienna Philharmonic, March 2001 Arnold Schoenberg, Pelleas und Melisande
Pelleas und Melisande
and Richard Wagner, Siegfried Idyll, June 1999 Carl Orff, Carmina Burana, Choir and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, May 1999 Robert Schumann, Symphony No.3 "Rheinische", Overture "Genoveva", Op. 81, Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1999 Richard Wagner, Orchestra Music (Lohengrin, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde), Philadelphia Orchestra, February 1998 Robert Schumann, Symphony No.2, Overture Manfred, Concert for 4 Horns, Op. 86, Philharmonia Orchestra, September 1997 Ludwig van Beethoven, Funeral Cantata on the Death of the Emperor Joseph II, Robert Schumann, Konzertstück, Op. 86, for 4 Horns and Orchestra, Hans Pfitzner, Palestrina (Preludes to acts 1 and 2), 1997 Hans Pfitzner, Music from Palestrina; Das Käthchen von Heilbronn; Richard Strauss, Guntram (prelude), Capriccio (prelude), Feuersnot (love scene), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1996

For EMI Classics

Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
and Richard Strauss, Arias by René Kollo, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1992

For Unitel Classica

Richard Strauss, Arabella. Live recording of Salzburg Easter Festival 2014. DVD and Blue Ray with Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Daniel Behle. Stage director: Florentine Klepper, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor and Staatskapelle Dresden. Unitel Classica, September 2014.

TV and film productions[edit] Productions about Thielemann[edit]

Christian Thielemann, documentary film, Germany, 2012, directed by Mathias Siebert, produced by Bremedia Produktion, Radio Bremen, MDR, in the serial Deutschland, deine Künstler. Information by ARD, Online-Video Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
– Romantischer Querkopf, documentary film by Felix Schmidt, 2007, produced by FTS Media and Unitel, coproduced by Classica Through the Night with Christoph Schlingensief
Christoph Schlingensief
and Christian Thielemann (Durch die Nacht mit ...), documentary film, Germany, 2002, directed by: Edda Baumann-von Broen and Daniel Finkernagel, produced by: avanti media, ZDF
and arte. Information by avanti media

Productions with Thielemann[edit]

Frederick the Great Remix (Der Große Friedrich Remix - Musik um den Preußenkönig), directed by Friederike Schlumbom, Oktober 18, 2012, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg Discovering Beethoven (Beethoven entdecken), dokumentary TV serial, Germany, Austria, 2011, directed by Christoph Engel and Anca-Monica Pandelea, produced by: Unitel Classica, ORF, ZDF, 3sat Joachim Kaiser and Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
talk about the nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven. Information and video by sky arts

Concert records on TV[edit]

The Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna Philharmonic
in Beijing (Die Wiener Philharmoniker in Beijing). National Centre for the Performing Arts of Beijing, recording of 3 November 2013, 3sat Wagner Birthday Concert: Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden (Wagner-Geburtstagskonzert: Thielemann dirigiert die Sächsische Staatskapelle), recording of Mai 21, 2013, directed by: Michael Beyer, ZDF Thielemann conducts Strauß (Thielemann dirigiert Strauß), Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival
Salzburg Festival
2011, Great Festival Hall, Salzburg, directed by Michael Beyer, 3sat Summer Night Music with Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
(Sommernachtsmusik mit Christian Thielemann), Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
conducts the Munich Philharmonic, Herrenchiemsee
Palace, 31 August 2010, directed by Henning Kasten, ZDF
and Arte[17]


2003: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) 2011: Honorary doctorate from Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar 2011: Inclusion in the Royal Academy of Music, London 2012: Honorary doctorate from der Old University of Leuven, Belgium 2015: Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
Award (Richard-Wagner-Preis)

Further reading[edit]

Christian Thielemann. Ein Portrait – Warnecke, Kläre (2003), Henschel, Berlin. ISBN 3-89487-465-1

Other works[edit]

Mein Leben mit Wagner – Thielemann, Christian (2012), Beck, Munich. ISBN 978-3-406-63446-8 Friedrichstein. Das Schloss der Grafen von Dönhoff in Ostpreußen – Heck, Kilian and Thielemann, Christian (2006), Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich/ Berlin. ISBN 3-422-06593-8


^ "Obituary for Heinrich Hollreiser". The Times. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2007.  ^ Warnecke (2003) ^ Denis Staunton (29 October 2000). "Berlin's maestros out of tune in race rown". The Observer. Retrieved 24 March 2007.  ^ Kate Connolly (18 May 2004). "Berlin opera chief quits in cash row". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2007.  ^ ""Intrigantenstadel" – Philharmoniker ausgebuht". Süddeutsche Zeitung. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2009.  ^ " Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
Chefdirigent ab 2012" (Press release). Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2010.  ^ "Bei der Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
beginnt die Thielemann-Ära". Die Zeit. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2014.  ^ "Vertragsverlängerung von Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
beschlossen" (Press release). Staatskapelle Dresden. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-01.  ^ Moss, Stephen (20 July 2006). "'The only star here is dead'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2016.  ^ "Looking back and looking forward". Bayreuther Festspiele. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010.  ^ " Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
wird Musikdirektor in Bayreuth". Der Tagesspiegel. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.  ^ "A comment from Bayreuth on Barenboim's surprise" by Dalia Shehori, Haaretz
(15 August 2001) ^ Stephen Moss (3 January 2001). "'What has C sharp minor got to do with fascism?'". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2015.  ^ Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
(24 January 2015). "Ohren auf!". Sächsische Zeitung. Retrieved 7 May 2016.  ^ Senatskanzlei (25 September 2003). "Wowereit überreicht Generalmusikdirektor Thielemann Bundesverdienstkreuz". Press release by the State of Berlin. Retrieved 4 December 2010.  ^ Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
Award for conductor Thielemann, News Directory, March 4, 2015. Archived 9 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Arte, August 2010. Archived 3 April 2015 at Archive.is

External links[edit]

Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
by KlassikAkzente Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
Biography in cosmopolis.ch Interview with Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
by Bruce Duffie, 12 March 1993 Tom Service, " Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
– the power and the politics". The Guardian, "Tom Service on Classical" blog, 15 October 2009 James Jolly, " Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
citation". Royal Academy of Music, 14 October 2011 Oxford University, "A Conductor's Point of View", 21 January 2016 programme

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