As one of the composer’s leading champions, Friedrich Haider is completely at home with this score, and he makes sure the Oviedo Filarmonia maintain a textbook balance of affection and wit. Opera, August 2019
Friedrich Haider, born in Austria, has held the position of First Guest Conductor of Theater und Philharmonie Essen since the 2017/2018 season – where his wide repertoire includes Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s Aida – and is a regular guest at Bayerischen Staatsoper. He conducted Verdi’s La traviata in the Staatsoper Stuttgart’s opening of the 2019/2020 season to much acclaim. In 2021, he will conduct a concert performance of Bellinis Il Pirata in Dortmund.
During the 2017/2018 season, Friedrich Haider conducted numerous performances of Mozart operas as Chief Conductor of renowned Polish early music Ensemble Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, as well as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The list of his international concert engagements is equally impressive: Camerata Salzburg, Chamber Orchestra of Milano, Check Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, London Symphony, Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Slovak Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic,… Essener Philharmoniker will stream a Verdi Gala on 26th February 2021.
Friedrich Haider is conducting an opera repertoire of more than 60 titles (including Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, Gounod‘s Faust, Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns, Mozart‘s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Strauss’ Salome and Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauß’ Die Fledermaus, Verdi‘s Rigoletto, Wagner’s Lohengrin) at opera houses worldwide including the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Berlin’s State Opera Unter den Linden, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Gran Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro La Fenice Venice, Vienna State Opera, amongst others.
Oviedo Filarmonia developed into a highly interesting orchestra under his artistic direction until 2011. Highlights of their cooperation were tours of Paris and Tokyo as well the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” [Award of the German Recording Critic] for the recording of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Violin Concerto. Since 2003, Friedrich Haider has dedicated much of his interest to this German Italian composer, impressively documented by recordings of all his orchestral works as well as his operas I gioielli della Madonna [nominated for the Prize of Schallplatten Kritik 2016] and Il segreto di Susanna.
First Guest Conductor Theater und Philharmonie Essen.
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