Conductor Ingo Metzmacher has distinguished himself through his innovative programming and profound dedication to twentieth and twenty-first century music; to make the new sound familiar and the familiar sound new has been Metzmacher's focus since the beginning of his career.

His 2018-2019 season includes the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud's Die Weiden at the Vienna State Opera, new productions of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Paris and the French premiere of Rihm's Jakob Lenz at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. He returns to The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and Ensemble Modern, and conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Germany on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. In May 2019, he presents the fourth edition of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen under his artistic direction. 

Metzmacher has led productions at many of the great international opera houses including the Berlin and Vienna State Operas, Covent Garden, Teatro Real, La Scala, Opéra de Paris and the Zurich Opera House. Highlights of recent seasons also include new productions of operas by Luigi Nono, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Wolfgang Rihm at the Salzburg Festival, as well as the complete cycle of Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen at Théâtre de Genève. He has conducted leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

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