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THOMAS GUGGEIS is OPER FRANKFURT's new GMD

Thomas Guggeis
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THOMAS GUGGEIS is OPER FRANKFURT's new GMD

Guggeis’ contract is for 5 years and for 35 performances in the opera house per season, spread over two or three new productions and revivals. He also takes over the artistic management of the Museumskonzerts, symphony concerts performed by the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester in the Alte Oper, organised by the Frankfurt Museums-Gesellschaft. He will conduct five of the 10 pairs of concerts each season. After time spent as a Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart Thomas Guggeis was appointed Staatskapellmeister at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the autumn of 2020 – an honorary title bestowed upon him by the Staatskapelle Berlin - the youngest conductor to date.

Bernd Loebe, Intendant / Geschäftsführer of Oper Frankfurt: „I have been following Thomas Guggeis' career closely since he jumped in to take over from Christoph von Dohnányi in 2018 for Salome in Berlin. It is an understatement to speak of his as a unique talent. Despite his young age Thomas Guggeis is not just a talent anymore, he is extraordinarily advanced in everything expected of a conductor in such an important position. He has a musical idea for every work, which he can implement technically and effortlessly, bringing it to life with emotion and empathy for orchestra and soloists alike. During the many conversations we have had I soon realised: we think in a similar way, question many things and ourselves, take every detail seriously and love music. I feel confident that this ‚fresh wind‘ will inspire me and everybody in company. So Sebastian Weigle's handing over is happening in a very harmonious way.“ Thomas Guggeis, General Music Director Designate of Oper Frankfurt: „I am extremely pleased about starting to work with the Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Ensemble, Chorus and management teams at Oper Frankfurt under Intendant Bernd Loebe as General Music Director from 2023, continuing to create innovative music theatre at the highest level. The foundations of what has already been achieved, the musicians' creative curiosity, the spirit in the ensemble and house and exciting directorial styles are the ideal prerequisites for opera to respond to present day questions at the highest level and inspire audiences."

Dr. Ina Hartwig, Dezernentin for Kultur and Wissenschaft in Frankfurt am Main: „Although young, Thomas Guggeis already has a lot of experience and has enjoyed extraordinary success. He is an exceptional talent whom we now welcome to Frankfurt. I am very pleased about this personally too. It is wonderful that we have been able to win him as General Music Director of Oper Frankfurt. He will inspire audiences and his work will greatly enrich Oper Frankfurt and cultural life in our city."

Dr. Burkhard Bastuck, Chairman of the Frankfurt Museums-Gesellschaft e.V.:
„We are delighted that in Thomas Guggeis we have found a young, up-and-coming conductor who is already at the international forefront of his generation. Frankfurt's Konzerte audiences welcome him with open arms, and I am sure he will give new impetus to the Museum Concerts.

Orchestra Board of the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester:
„Thomas Guggeis got to know the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra this year in three very different projects, some of which were extremely restricted by current Corona regulations. We experienced him in rehearsals as someone who works very precisely to convey a clear vision of the music to the musicians in a sympathetic, friendly and emphatic way. The resulting performances were characterised by great inspiration and joy of music-making, highly energetic and differentiated playing."

Thomas Guggeis was born in Bavaria in 1993 and studied conducting in Munich and Milan. Daniel Barenboim engaged him as an assistant at the Theater Unter den Linden in Berlin in 2016 before he had officially completed his studies. He enjoyed great success and overnight international attention when he replaced Christoph von Dohnányi at the dress rehearsal of Salome at a few hours notice in March 2018. Before this decisive event in his career he had already accepted the post of Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart, where he conducted works including La Bohème, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly, Der Prinz von Homburg and Der Freischütz between the autumn of 2018 and summer 2020. During his time in Stuttgart he continued working in Berlin, conducting La Traviata, Samson et Dalila, Salome and Katja Kabanova, amongst others. He returned to the Linden opera in the autumn of 2020, as Staatskapellmeister – an honorary title, which the Staatskapelle Berlin bestowed upon him, the youngest conductor to date – where he was heard leading operas including Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Zauberflöte. His work at the theatre resumed at the beginning of this season, after a corona enforced gap, with a revival of Falstaff. Other plans at the Staatoper include Lohengrin, Samson et Dalila, Hänsel und Gretel, Don Giovanni, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Jenufa, Elektra and a new production of Richard Strauss' Daphne. Thomas Guggeis returns to the Theater an der Wien this season, where he made his debut with Weber's Oberon in May 2019, for Peter Grimes. He made his debut at Oper Frankfurt with Ariadne auf Naxos in June 2021, after a livestreaming of Mozart's Requiem. Another debut is planned this season – at the Semperoper in Dresden, with Korngold's Die tote Stadt, a work he conducts again when making his debut at the Vienna State Opera in February 2022, which will be followed by Salome in March. Thomas Guggeis will be appearing in Vienna on a regular basis in coming years. Concert work has included appearances with the Dresden and Berlin Staatskapellen, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, livestream, during the corona pandemic, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Boulez Ensemble in Berlin, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Paris and, several times, the Tirol Festival in Erl's orchestra, including the Matthew Passion, which was broadcast on television last Easter. Future plans include his return to Toulouse and concerts with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Thomas Guggeis will also be conducting the Dresden and Essen philharmonics, the Sinfonieorchester Bern and Vienna Symphony for the first time in coming months.