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Michael Boder

Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, Royal Danish Opera

  • Michael Boder took up his current position as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Royal Danish Theatre and Orchestra in September 2012, as a result of several highly successful guest productions there, notably Die Frau ohne Schatten. Prior to this he was Musical Director of the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona 2008-2012. Among many highlights during his tenure here, in 2012 he was honoured with the Spanish critics’ award for Le Grand Macabre, and a Grammy nomination for Lulu.

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  • This season Boder returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend; a co-production with the Deutsche Oper Berlin which presents the work with Boder in May 2016. At the Royal Danish Theatre he conducts two R. Strauss operas, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome, and later in the season returns to the Hamburg State Opera for another R. Strauss opera; Daphne.

    Recent operatic highlights include Hindemith’s Cardillac and Ariadne auf Naxos at the Wiener Staatsoper, The Rake’s Progress, Schubert’s Lazarus and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Theater an der Wien, Lulu, Der Rosenkavalier, Der fliegende Holländer, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Peter Eötvös’ Tri Sestri at Opernhaus Zurich and Le Grand Macabre at La Monnaie.

    Boder is also a well-established orchestral conductor. He has worked regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Königlichen Kapelle Kopenhagen, Gulbenkian, Ensemble Modern, Vienna Radio Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Saitokinen Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony orchestras. Concert engagements in 2015 include Nielsen 5 and Schoenberg’s Erwartung with Petra Lang and the Royal Danish Orchestra at the Berliner Festspiele and Birmingham Symphony Hall; Mahler’s Wunderhorn Lieder with Dietrich Henschel and the orchestra of La Monnaie., accompanied by a newly commissioned film by Clara Pons and new orchestrations by Detlef Glanert; and Ligeti and Trojahn at the Cite de La Musique in Paris with Ensemble Modern. In January 2016 he conducts the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Suntory Hall.

    Boder studied at Hamburg Conservatoire and in Florence, and went on to be Michael Gielen’s assistant at Oper Frankfurt. At the age of 29, he was appointed General Music Director of the Basler Theater, where he conducted a great number of productions, including a cycle of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas directed by Herbert Wernicke. In the same period, he also conducted at the opera houses in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Zurich and London, focussing on repertoire by Verdi and Puccini. In 1996, Michael Boder gave his début at the Wiener Staatsoper with a revival of Berg’s Wozzeck. This was followed by performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten, Elektra and Die Meistersinger; new productions of Lulu‚ Jakobsleiter and Gianni Schichi; and world premieres of Der Riese vom Steinfeld by Friedrich Cerha and Medea by Reimann, all at the Wiener Staatsoper.

    During this period, Boder conducted a large number of new productions, including Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Semperoper Dresden (where he also conducted Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten); Lulu at the Nationaltheater in Munich; Fidelio and Der fliegende Holländer at the National Theatre in Tokyo; Wozzeck, Der fliegende Holländer and Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco; Aus einem Totenhaus in Cologne; and Chowantschina, Salome, Parsifal and Le Grand Macabre in Barcelona. In 2009, he conducted Decker‘s new production of Moses and Aaron at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum.

    Alongside repertoire by the Second Viennese School and by Strauss and Wagner, Boder is greatly involved in contemporary opera. He has conducted a large number of world premières, including Das Schloss by Aribert Reimann (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Ubu Rex by Christof Penderecki and Was Ihr wollt by Manfred Trohjahn (Nationaltheater Munich), Faust by Lombardi (Theater Basel), Der Riese vom Steinfeld by Cerha (Staatsoper Wien), Phaedra by Henze, and Faustus - the last night by Dusapin (Staatsoper Berlin unter den Linden).

    2015-16 season / 645 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Season highlights

Georg Friedrich Haas' Morgen und Abend 
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (world premiere) / Deutsche Oper Berlin

Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Salome
Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen

Hamburg State Opera

Concerts with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra of La Monnaie

I have never heard such a sensuous, colourful, radiant, poetic, yet mysterious performance

Westdeutsche Zeitung

He fully justified the ovations, not only thanks to his sense of nuance, but also for his ability to shape this disparate orchestra into a full-bodied whole. This was as good as it gets.

Dagens Nyheter

The ecstatic sound world produced by Boder created an almost hypnotic vortex.

Die Welt

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