Patrick Lange, born near Nuremberg in 1981, has been General Music Director of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden since 2017. Appointed assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra by Claudio Abbado in 2005, he also accompanied the Italian conductor to the Berlin Philharmonic, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart Bologna. In 2007 he made his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin, where he Principal Conductor from 2008 and Chief Conductor from 2010. Since his debuts at the Vienna State Opera in 2010 and at the Opéra national de Paris in 2015, he has been a regular guest at both houses. Further engagements have taken him to the Semperoper Dresden, London’s Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Zurich Opera House, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, the Korean National Opera in Seoul and the opera houses in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart. He has worked with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the Essen Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the SWR and WDR Symphony Orchestras. He has toured with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Vienna RSO and the Bundesjugendorchester. Patrick Lange has received several awards for his work - including the European Culture Prize in the category Promotional Award for Young Conductors and the Eugen Jochum Scholarship of the BR Symphony Orchestra. After his debut with »Madama Butterfly«, he also conducted »Don Giovanni, »Così fan tutte«, »Eugen Onegin«, »Hänsel und Gretel«, »Arabella«, »Tosca«, »Die Zauberflöte« and »Die Fledermaus« at the Vienna State Opera. For the premiere »Im siebten Himmel« Patrick Lange is collaborating with the Vienna State Ballet for the first time.