Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival
Wolfgang Katschner

A lutenist by training, Wolfgang Katschner founded lautten compagney BERLIN together with Hans-Werner Apel in 1984, the focus of his many and diverse activities as musician, producer and explorer in the sound worlds of the Baroque.

During the last decade, Wolfgang Katschner has also successfully worked as a guest conductor at German opera houses. His three-year cycle of Monteverdi operas at Landestheater Niederbayern was highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. After having been musical director of the Winter in Schwetzingen Festival 2012–15, including the first German performances of Nicola Porpora’s Polifemo (2012/13 season) and Tommaso Traetta’s Ifigenia in Tauride (2013/14), he has recently been working at venues such as Oper Bonn, Staatstheater Oldenburg and Staatstheater Nuremberg.

Wolfgang Katschner is also committed to training upcoming generations of artists. In 2009, he directed a production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea together with musicians from the Lautten Compagney at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin as visiting professor. He was several times Artist in Residence at Barock vokal, the programme of excellence of the Mainz School of Music. 2012 – 2014 and 2017, he and lautten compagney were invited to the Weimar Master Classes, working together with leading singers from the early music world.

Wolfgang Katschner was awarded the Prize of the Dresden Music Festival in 2000 and the Handel Prize of the City of Halle in 2004 in recognition of his passionate commitment to a thriving early music scene.

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