‘Performing Opera’ roundtable discussion with Roger Allen (chair), Matthew Reese, Peter Franklin, Barry Millington, and Barbara Eichner. Humanitas Visiting Professor in Opera Studies 2015-2016, Christian Thielemann is taking part in a roundtable discussion chaired by Roger Allen and participants including Matthew Reese, Peter Franklin, Barry Millington, and Barbara Eichner. Chrisitian Thielemann is principal conductor of the Staatskapelle. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra.
Much in demand as a versatile concert conductor, he has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and has also performed in Israel, Japan, and China. Opernwell magazine crowned him Conductor of the Year for his interpretation of »Frau ohne Schatten« at the Salzburg Festival of 2011.
As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. One of the most recent ventures has been a complete cycle of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms. He has recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.
Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In May 2015 he was awarded the Richard Wagner prize by the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig.