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Patrick Lange

Patrick Lange
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Born in 1981 near Nuremberg, Patrick Lange, since 200809 the conductor of the Comic Opera Berlin, is a promising talent in the generation of young conductors. He began his musical career in the boys choir the Regensburg ‘Domspatzen’.

He studied at the conservatories of Wurzburg and Zurich, and in 2005 became a member in the Conductors Forum of the German Music Council. In the same year Claudio Abbado appointed him to be assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He gave concerts with them in Bozen in 2008. He also worked as Abbado’s assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Mozart Orchestra of Bologna and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In 2007 Patrick Lange received the European Culture Prize in the category of grants for young conductors. In 2009 he was the first recipient of the Eugen Jochum Scholarship of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Among the orchestras he has been engaged by for concerts are the Hamburg and the Bochum Symphonies, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the MDR-Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Sìmon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela. In 2007 he gave concerts with the German Federal Youth Orchestra in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and Peking and most recently, he conducted a concert tour with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. With the RSO Symphony Orchestra Vienna he gave his debut at the Vienna Musikverein (works by Mozart, Schönberg and Debussy).

In 2007 with Le Nozze di Figaro he gave his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin. Since 2010, he was the Principal Conductor there and conducted a wide range of new productions and repertoire; he opened the season 201011 with a new production of Meistersinger aus Nürnberg as well as Freischütz, Idomeneo and Rusalka. In October 2009 he debuted with great success with Così fan tutte with Glyndebourne on Tour. After his debut at the Vienna State Opera with Madame Butterfly, he conducted also Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, Fledermaus and Ariadne auf Naxos. At Covent Garden London, he conducted successfully the revival of La Traviata, and he conducted the same piece in a new production at Hamburg State Opera and at Opera Australia Sydney. He debuted at the Bavarian State Oper with Entführung aus dem Serail conducted Jenufa, Entführung aus dem Serail and Faust at Zurich Opera and most recently Ariadne auf Naxos at Frankfurt Opera.

At the Vienna State Opera, he will be conducting Eugen Onegin, Hänsel und Gretel and Tosca, at the Paris Opera Don Giovanni, Zauberflöte and Lied von der Erde (choreography by John Neumeier), La Traviata in Hamburg, Fidelio in Stuttgart and Arabella in Toronto.

In concert, he will conduct among others the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Philharmonic Orchestra Graz and the Stuttgart Philharmonic.

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