In 2005, SIMONE YOUNG, who has been awarded numerous prizes, became artistic director at the Staatsoper Hamburg and GMD of the Philharmoniker Hamburg (until 2014/2015). Here, she directed a wide musical spectrum ranging from premieres and repertoire performances from Mozart to Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss to Hindemith, Britten, Henze. She achieved great success with world premieres and German premieres at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Philharmoniker Hamburg. Engagements have led the conductor, born in Sydney, to the world´s leading opera houses, for example to Paris, London, Munich, New York, Los Angeles. Apart from her opera work, she has also made a name for herself on the concert stage. From 1999 to 2002 she conducted the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra as principal conductor, from 2001 to 2003 she was artistic director and principal conductor of the Australian Opera in Sydney/Melbourne. From 2007 to 2013 she was first guest conductor of the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1993 with La Bohème and has conducted numerous evenings here, among them the premieres of La Juive, Osud and Le villi.