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
Brahms: Symphonies, Concertos / Pollini, Batiashvili, Thielemann
Release Date: 09/16/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002133400   Number of Discs: 4
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Bruckner: Symphony No 5 / Thielemann, Dresden Staatskapelle
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 717808   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Arabella / Fleming, Hampson, Thielemann
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 717208   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms: Complete Symphonies & Discovering Brahms / Thielemann
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 715108   Number of Discs: 3
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg / Thielemann, Struckmann, Anger, Botha
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072488   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Anton Bruckner - The Collection
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 13007 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Czelusta,  Peter Redwig,  Klaus Bäuerle,  Fritz Resch  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Tintner,  Gerd Schaller,  Klaus Tennstedt,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Philharmonie Festiva  ... 
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  • 27.
    Bruckner: Symphonies 4 & 7 / Thielemann, Munich Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 712304 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Busoni: Nocturne Symphonique; Pfitzner: Piano Concerto; Reger: Romantic Suite / Barto, Thielemann
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12016 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Hans Pfitzner,  Max Reger
    Performer:  Tzimon Barto
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 29.
    Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Great Scenes
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9011 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Andrew Shore,  Albert Dohmen,  Ralf Lukas,  Endrik Wottrich  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Wagner: Meistersinger; Lohengrin; Parsifal; Tristan Und Isolde
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001819302 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
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  • 31.
    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Happy New Year / Damrau, Beczala, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001803659 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Robert Stolz,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Ingeborg Schopf,  Piotr Beczala,  Ingeborg Schöpf
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 33.
    Happy New Year / Damrau, Beczala, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden [CD & DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001808910 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Robert Stolz,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Ingeborg Schopf,  Piotr Beczala,  Angela Denoke,  Ana-Maria Labin
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 34.
    Happy New Year / Damrau, Beczala, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden [DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001809009 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Robert Stolz,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Ingeborg Schopf,  Piotr Beczala,  Ingeborg Schöpf
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 35.
    Rene Kollo Singt Wagner & Strauss
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 353162 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Ingrid Haubold
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 8 / Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12040 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 37.
    Brahms, Clara Schumann / Batiashvili, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001792302 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Clara Wieck Schumann
    Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili,  Alice Sara Ott
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 38.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Fleming, Koch, Damrau, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620102 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Franz Grundheber,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Jane Henschel,  Diana Damrau  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001703202 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Simon Keenlyside,  David Kubler,  Christiane Oelze
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
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  • 40.
    Strauss: Lieder, Alpensinfonie / Fleming, Thielemann
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1069 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Strauss: Lieder, Eine Alpensinfonie / Renee Fleming, Christian Thielemann [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7101 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Thielemann, Gould, Schwanewilms, Koch, Schuster
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1072 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Markus Brück,  Evelyn Herlitzius,  Michaela Schuster,  Wolfgang Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Thielemann, Gould, Schwanewilms, Koch, Schuster [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7104 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Andreas Conrad,  Steven Humes,  Anne Schwanewilms,  Stephen Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 45.
    Live Aus Der Semperoper - The Lehar Gala From Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001648402 Release Date: 02/21/2012  
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Oscar Straus
    Performer:  Piotr Beczala,  Angela Denoke,  Ana-Maria Labin
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 46.
    Live Aus Der Semperoper - The Lehar Gala From Dresden [DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001648509 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Oscar Straus
    Performer:  Piotr Beczala,  Angela Denoke,  Ana-Maria Labin
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 47.
    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic [6 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7927172 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
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  • 48.
    Classical 2012 / Angela Gheorghiu, David Fray, Alison Balsom, Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6804032 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Natalie Dessay,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Les Talens Lyriques,  I Barocchisti  ... 
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  • 49.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 / Pollini, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001612002 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 50.
    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies / Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 705308 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Georg Zeppenfeld,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Annette Dasch,  Piotr Beczala
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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