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Leopold Hager

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Born: October 6, 1935; Salzburg, Austria  
Leopold Hager has become best known for his performances and recordings of the early Mozart operas and other seldom-performed operas by Haydn and Gluck. Hager is also a podium veteran in the purely instrumental realm, but again with strong connections to the music of Mozart and that of other eighteenth century composers. Yet his repertory encompasses a range of composers, both early and modern, taking in the disparate likes of Handel, Smetana, Read more Schnittke, and Helmut Eder. Hager has served as music director or principal conductor of several prominent orchestras, both in the realms of opera and concert music. He has recorded for a variety of labels, including Philips and Vox.

Hager was born on October 6, 1935, in Salzburg, Austria. He exhibited rare talent in his youth, enrolling at the Salzburg Mozarteum in 1949, where he studied keyboard, conducting, and composition. His most important teachers there were Bernhard Paumgartner, Gerhard Wimberger, Cesar Bresgen, and Egon Kornauth. Hager concluded studies in 1957 and accepted the appointment of assistant conductor at the City Theater in Mainz that same year.

Hager left Mainz in 1962, and for the next seven years held brief but important conducting posts: from 1962-1964 he conducted at the Linz Landestheater, in the 1964-1965 season he was conductor at the Cologne Opera, and from 1965-1969 he worked as the general music director in Freiburg.

It was in the following decade that Hager made his greatest breakthroughs: as chief conductor of Salzburg's Mozarteum Orchestra and Landestheater (1969-1981), he not only made significant inroads in Austria and the Germanic sphere, but established a major international career. He debuted at the Met in 1976 with Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, at Teatro Colon in 1977 with Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and at Covent Garden in 1978 with Le nozze. In the late '70s Hager began recording the early Mozart operas for Philips with some of the finest opera singers of the time, including Peter Schreier, Werner Krenn, Edith Mathis, Lucia Popp, Agnes Baltsa, and many others. The complete edition (five operas) was reissued by Philips in 2006.

In 1981 Hager accepted the position of chief conductor of the Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra. He remained active conducting for the remainder of the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries. Hager retired from teaching conducting at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts in 2004. Read less
Mozart: La Finta Semplice / Hager, Donath, Ihloff, Berganza
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 85843   Number of Discs: 3
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Complete Mozart Edition Vol 29 - Mitridate / Hager
Release Date: 09/12/1991   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 422529   Number of Discs: 3
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Complete Mozart Edition Vol 30 - Ascanio In Alba / Hager
Release Date: 09/12/1991   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 422530   Number of Discs: 3
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Complete Mozart Edition Vol 32 - Lucio Silla / Hager
Release Date: 10/11/1991   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 422532   Number of Discs: 3
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Haydn: Orfeo Ed Euridice / Hager, Donath, Swensen, Greenberg
Release Date: 11/21/1995   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 262932   Number of Discs: 2
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Lucio Silla /  Schreier, Auger,  Varady, Hager, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001797202 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edith Mathis,  Helen Donath,  Arleen Augér,  Werner Krenn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Radio Chorus,  Salzburg Mozarteum Chorus
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    60 Jahre Munchner Rundfunkorchester: Great Singers Live
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900309 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Lucia Popp,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ghiaurov,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Georges Prętre,  Alfredo Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Mozart: La Finta Semplice / Hager, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94374 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Robert Lloyd,  Robert Holl,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    50 Most Essential Bach Masterpieces
    Label: X5   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Henrik Mawe,  Klemens Schnorr,  Pieter Schoeman,  Vesselin Gellev  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Mikhail Gantvarg,  Jansug Kakhidze,  Saulius Sondeckis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Soloists,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Moravian Trio
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    Great Singers Live - Margaret Price
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900305 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Heinz Wallberg,  Thomas Fulton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
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    The Mozart Experience
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 81002 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Engel,  Joan [Soprano Vocal] Rodgers,  Sharon Kam,  Charlotte Margiono  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Leopold Hager,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
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    Complete Mozart Edition 12 - Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586002 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Lucia Popp,  Edith Mathis,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (
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    Mozart: The Complete Operas [44-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305102 Release Date: 08/04/2009   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Douglas Johnson,  Peter Schreier,  Inga Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Sir Colin Davis,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Mozart: Divertimento K 205, Etc / Hager, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 579 Release Date: 12/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek,  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Piano Dreams
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 516240 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Déodat de Sévérac,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Doyen,  Michel Legrand,  Monique Haas,  Alexandre Rabinovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Maxim Shostakovich,  James Conlon,  János Rolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17677 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jacques Offenbach,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jacques Rouvier,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Shuku Iwashaki,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Akeo Watanabe,  David Zinman,  Leopold Hager  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lunaire Ensemble,  Boccherini Quartet Tokyo
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    Romantic Violin: Classical Music For Intimate Moments
    Label: Radiance Records   Catalog: 17680 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Edouard Lalo,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Chee-Yun,  Akira Eguchi,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Sigrid Cenariu  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Leopold Hager,  Hans Stadlmair,  Jun'ichi Hirokami
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Italiani
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    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Mozart For Strings
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17663 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Maria-Joao Pires,  András Adorjan,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Hans Stadlmair,  David Zinman,  Rudolf Baumgartner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Quartet Berlin
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    Mozart: Opera Arias / Carol Vaness
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60562 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carol Vaness
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Bastien Und Bastienne, Der Schauspieldirektor / Hager, Cotrubas
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 705061 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas,  Thomas Lehrberger,  Peter Van der Bilt,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Bedtime Beats - The Secret To Sleep
    Label: Rhino Records   Catalog: 77617 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Nikolai Lugansky,  Jean-François Heisser  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Yutaka Sado,  Armin Jordan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    On The Way To Prague - Mozart, Kozeluch / Blumental, Et Al
    Label: Brana Records   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Anton Kozeluch,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Alberto Zedda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Prague New Chamber Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mozart: Operas (Complete)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92114 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Francine Van der Heijden,  Marije van Stralen,  Cecile van de Sant,  Kim Young Hee  ... 
    Conductor:  Jed Wentz,  Leopold Hager,  Max Pommer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica ad Rhenum,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Complete Mozart Edition 13 - Early Italian Operas
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 586102 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Barbara Hendricks,  Eva Lind,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Complete Mozart Edition 14 - Middle Italian Operas
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586402 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lilian Sukis,  Barry McDaniel,  Ezio Di Cesare,  Julia Conwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis,  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 22.
    The Most Romantic Violin Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17583 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Josef Suk,  Gigino Maestri,  Chee-Yun  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Leopold Hager,  Bryden Thomson,  Vassil Kazandjiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Smetana String Quartet,  I Solisti Italiani  ... 
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    Eder: Musik Fur Die Felsenreitschule, Etc / Hager
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 539 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Helmut Eder
    Performer:  May Sandoz,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Eva Lind,  Robert Holl
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  St. Stephan School Choir Passau,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir  ... 
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    Lortzing: Der Waffenschmied / Hager, Tomlinson, Ziesak, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4081 Release Date: 07/19/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing
    Performer:  Andreas Schulist,  Kjell Magnus Sandve,  Ruth Ziesak,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Tausch: Double Clarinet Concertos;  Sussmayr / Thea King
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55188 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Tausch,  Franz Xaver Süssmayer
    Performer:  Nicholas Bucknall,  Thea King
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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