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
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Thielemann, Vienna State Opera [14 CDs & 2 DVDs]
Release Date: 08/06/2013   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 001871000   Number of Discs: 16
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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Thielemann, Fleming, Koch, Damrau
Release Date: 10/02/2012   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001620102   Number of Discs: 3
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Strauss: Arabella / Thielemann, Te Kanawa, Brendel, Metropolitan Opera
Release Date: 06/19/2001   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 073005   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Parsifal / Domingo, Thielemann
Release Date: 05/09/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000657402   Number of Discs: 4
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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Thielemann, Fleming, Damrau, Koch
Release Date: 10/06/2009   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001343109   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Wagner Gala / Kaufmann, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 715004 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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  • 36.
    No Limits /  Francisco Araiza
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 194 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Francisco Araiza
    Conductor:  Ralf Weikert,  Johan Arnell,  Heinz Wallberg,  Mark Elder  ... 
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  • 37.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Botha, Schuster, Koch, Thielemann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001892209 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Michaela Schuster,  Johan Botha,  Wolfgang Koch,  Stephen Milling
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 38.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Thielemann, Botha, Schuster, Koch, Milling [Blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001888259 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Johan Botha,  Michaela Schuster,  Wolfgang Koch,  Stephen Milling
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 39.
    My Wagner Album / Christian Thielemann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001884102 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Paul Schöffler,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Thomas Stewart,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Christian Thielemann,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 40.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Thielemann, Vienna State Opera [14 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001871000 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Christopher Ventris,  Alexandra Reinprecht,  Janina Baechle,  Wolfgang Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 7; Wolf: Lieder / Fleming, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1115 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 42.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 7; Wolf: Lieder / Fleming, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7127 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 43.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Thielemann, Fleming, Dean Smith, Koch [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001809559 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Robert Dean Smith,  Renée Fleming,  Jane Archibald
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 44.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Thielemann, Fleming, Dean Smith, Koch, Archibald
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001809409 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Robert Dean Smith,  Sophie Koch,  Jane Archibald
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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,  Alberto Dohmen,  Ralf Lukas,  Endrik Wottrich  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Wagner: Meistersinger; Lohengrin; Parsifal; Tristan Und Isolde
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001819302 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
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  • 50.
    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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