INGO METZMACHER began his career with the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. From 1997 to 2005 he was General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, followed by a position as Chief Conductor of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and from 2007 to 2010 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In 2016 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Hanover based multi art festival KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen.
Highlights of recent seasons include new productions of operas by Luigi Nono, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Wolfgang Rihm at the Salzburg Festival. Opera engagements have taken him to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Zurich Opera House, La Scala in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, the Dutch National Opera and the Berlin State Opera, and he has given numerous concerts with some of the world’s leading orchestras. At the Wiener Staatsoper Ingo 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 and Jenůfa