As a conductor of operas and orchestras, a festival director and published author: INGO METZMACHER has established himself as a leading advocate of music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To make the new sound familiar and the familiar sound new has been his focus since the beginning of his career. He found his first artistic home with the Ensemble Modern and at the Frankfurt Opera, and began his international career in 1988 at Théâtre de la Monnaie. Metzmacher has held posts as GMD of the Hamburg State Opera (1997-2005), Chief Conductor of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam (2005-2007) and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2007-2010). In 2016, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Hanover-based multidisciplinary arts festival KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. Recent opera engagements have taken him to ROH Covent Garden, Zurich Opera House, La Scala, Teatro Real, Opéra de Paris, Théâtre de Genève (complete Ring cycle), the Berlin and Bavarian State Operas, as well as the Salzburg Festival. At the Wiener Staatsoper Metzmacher gave his debut in 2009 as the conductor of Lady Macbeth of Mzensk, and has since then returned to conduct Parsifal, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Jenůfa, Lulu, Elektra.