The German Christian Thielemann succeeds Daniel Barenboim as head of the Berlin State Opera

The star of classical music, known for his love of Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, conductor Christian Thieleman will lead the Berlin State Opera, which Daniel Barenboim had to leave last January for health reasons.

German conductor Christian Thielemann will succeed Israeli-Argentine maestro Daniel Barenboim as director of the Berlin State Opera, who left for health reasons, the renowned German institution announced on Wednesday, September 27.

Last January, the 80-year-old pianist and conductor Barenboim, who was born in Argentina and suffers from a serious neurological disease, announced his resignation from the Berlin Opera.

The head of the cultural department in Berlin, Joe Chialo, announced that Christian Thielemann, who regularly conducted the Staatskapelle of the Berlin State Opera, will succeed Barenboim from September 2024.

The Berlin State Opera is located on the Unter den Linden boulevard in the old eastern part of the German capital and is one of the city’s three opera houses.

Specialist in Brahms, Strauss and Wagner

The Berlin-born classical music star Thielemann is known for his love of Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.

Last year his production was at the Staatsoper du ringthe famous tetralogy by Richard Wagner, also known as The Ring of the Nibelung in French, had been “unanimously described as phenomenal,” according to the German daily Berliner Zeitung.

The 64-year-old German conductor is under contract until next year with the Staatskapelle Dresden (East), whose orchestra he leads, one of the most renowned in the German-speaking world.

Christian Thielemann, a protégé of the legendary Herbert von Karajan, was general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, an opera house in the west of the capital, but resigned in 2004 due to a funding dispute with the city.

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