Christian Thielemann

Biography

Christian Thielemann became one of the fastest-emerging young conductors during the 1990s. He is known for dramatic opera performances in the Romantic manner and for fresh repertory.

He studied at the Berlin Hochshule für Musik with Professor Helmut Roloff, as well as taking private lessons in composition and conducting. He is a violist, and was a member of the Karajan Foundationšs Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Read more Thielemann says it was his exposure to Wagner in his formative years that made him want to be a conductor.

Thielemann became an assistant to von Karajan at the age of twenty. His first project in that capacity was Wagneršs opera Parsifal, which he had already coached as a répétiteur at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. He also appeared as a piano soloist with Karajan in Berlin, Munich, and Zürich.

In 1985 Thielemann became principal conductor at the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Düsseldorf. From 1988 to 1992 he served as Music Director of the Nuremberg Opera, a position which allowed him to conduct its orchestra in symphony concerts as well as conducting opera productions.

He was appointed principal guest conductor of the Theatro Comunale in Bologna in 1993. His first opera there was Leos Janacekšs The Makropulos Case. In the same year, he played the first season concert of the La Scala Philharmonic, and appeared with the Israel Philharmonic for the first time.

In 1993 he made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera. This appearance was made difficult due to disagreements with one of the star soprano Kathleen Battle. Management backed Thielemann, precipitating Ms. Battlešs leaving the Met. One of the aspects of his performances that gives singers and players difficulties is his fondness for the German conducting style of the pre-War era, with Romantic interpretations and elastic tempos

He has conducted opera in Japan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Geneva Opera, and the Hamburg Staatsoper. While still with the Bologna house, he made his debut with the Deutsche Opera Berlin in Richard Straussšs Elektra. He has guest conducted the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the Philharmonia of London, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

He became the General Music Director of the Deutsche Opera Berlin in the 1997/1998 season; one of his early accomplishments in that post was a revival of the lengthy opera Palestrina by Hans Pfitzner. He records for Deutsche Grammophon. Read less
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  • 26.
    Beethoven: The Symphonies / Thielemann, Vienna [6 CD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875112822 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 27.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Weber: Der Freischutz / Erod, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 733108 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Christina Landshamer,  Alberto Dohmen,  Adrian Eröd,  Sara Jakublak  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 29.
    Weber: Der Freischutz / Erod, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 733204 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Sara Jakublak,  Adrian Eröd,  Alberto Dohmen,  Christina Landshamer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 30.
    Richard Wagner - The Bayreuth Edition [12 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1194 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Friedemann Röhlig,  Michaela Kaune,  Andreas Macco,  Edward Randall  ... 
    Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle,  Peter Schneider,  Christian Thielemann,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 31.
    Richard Wagner - The Bayreuth Edition [8 Blu-rays]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7184 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Friedemann Röhlig,  Michaela Kaune,  Andreas Macco,  Edward Randall  ... 
    Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle,  Peter Schneider,  Christian Thielemann,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 32.
    Richard Strauss Gala - Thielemann, Goerke, Harteros, Nylund [2 DVDs]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 728908 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Christine Goerke,  Anja Harteros,  Camilla Nylund
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 33.
    Strauss: Four Last Songs, Alpine Symphonty; Rihm / Harteros, Thiielemann [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 726504 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Rihm
    Performer:  Anja Harteros
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 34.
    Strauss: Four Last Songs, Alpine Symphony; Rihm / Harteros, Thiielemann
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 726408 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Rihm
    Performer:  Anja Harteros
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 35.
    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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  • 36.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 5 / Thielemann, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717808 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 37.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 5 / Thielemann, Dresden Staatskapelle [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717904 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 38.
    Strauss: Arabella / Fleming, Hampson, Thielemann
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717208 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hanna-elisabeth Muller,  Thomas Hampson,  Renée Fleming,  Alberto Dohmen  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 39.
    Strauss: Arabella / Thielemann, Fleming, Hampson, Dohmen [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717304 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Daniel Behle,  Alberto Dohmen,  Renée Fleming,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 40.
    Brahms: Symphonies, Concertos / Pollini, Batiashvili, Thielemann [3-CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002133400 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Lisa Batiashvili
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 41.
    Strauss: Elektra / Herlitzius, Pape, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002114902 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Evelyn Herlitzius,  René Pape,  Anne Schwanewilms,  Waltraud Meier
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 42.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Selig, Merbeth, Muzek, Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1140 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Tomislav Muzek,  Ricarda Merbeth,  Christa Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 43.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Selig, Merbeth, Muzek, Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7147 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Tomislav Muzek,  Ricarda Merbeth,  Christa Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 44.
    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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  • 45.
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Thielemann, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716108 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 46.
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Thielemann, Dresden Staatskapelle [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716204 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 47.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 / Pollini, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002027902 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 48.
    Brahms: Complete Symphonies & Discovering Brahms / Thielemann
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 715108 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 49.
    Brahms: Complete Symphonies & Discovering Brahms / Thielemann [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 715204 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 50.
    Wagner Gala / Kaufmann, Thielemann, Dresden
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 714908 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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