Patrick Lange studied conducting at the Music Academies in Würzburg and Zurich. In 2005 he was accepted into the Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council and was appointed assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra by Claudio Abbado, whom he also accompanied to the Berlin Philharmonic, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart Bologna. In 2007 he was awarded the European Cultural Prize in the category Advancement Award for Young Conductors and in 2009 the Eugen Jochum Scholarship of the BR Symphony Orchestra.
He began his career as an opera conductor in Zurich and Lucerne. Following his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin with Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, he was appointed First Kapellmeister in 2008 and Principal Conductor in 2010. His interpretations of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rusalka and Der Freischütz have received international acclaim. Patrick Lange made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2010 with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and has been a regular guest there ever since. His acclaimed debut with Mahler’s Lied von der Erde, choreographed by John Neumeier, at the Opéra national de Paris in 2015 was followed by regular re-invitations. Further engagements have taken him to the Semperoper Dresden, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia Sydney, the Opera Zurich, the Canadian Opera Company Toronto, the Korean National Opera Seoul, the Stuttgart State Opera, the Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg and the Frankfurt Opera. He made his debut with the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in January 2021 with a concert performance of Janáček’s Jenůfa at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Another highlight was his debut at the Bavarian State Opera as part of the Munich Opera Festival 2021 with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.
Among the orchestras with which Patrick Lange has worked are the Bamberg Symphony, the Essen Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the SWR and WDR Symphony Orchestras and the WDR Radio Orchestra. On tour, he has conducted the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Vienna RSO and the German National Youth Orchestra.
From 2017 to 2022 Patrick Lange was General Music Director of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
In 2022/23 he conducted Sleeping Beauty, Im siebten Himmel and Die Fledermaus at the Vienna State Opera. In 2023/24, after a new production of Madama Butterfly in Seongnam, Korea, he will conduct Giselle and a ballet evening with works by Maurice Ravel at the Opéra national de Paris as well as Ariadne auf Naxos with the Bavarian State Opera at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Concerts at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Jerusalem Lyric Opera are planned.