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Leopold Hager - NOSPR

Leopold HagerConductor

Leopold Hager hails from Salzburg, and studied conducting, composition, organ, piano and harpsichord at the Mozarteum in his hometown.
After holding several posts in Mainz, Linz and Cologne, he became Principal Conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Music Director of the RTL Symphony Orchestra Luxemburg. Besides his extensive work as a conductor, Leopold Hager was Professor for Orchestra Conducting at the University of Music iand Performing Arts Vienna from 1992 to 2004.
From 2005 to 2008, he served as Chief Conductor at the Vienna Volksoper, where he conducted new stagings of Sophie's Choice, The Magic Flute, Turandot, Der Freischütz, La Traviata, Hoffmanns Erzählungen, Die Hochzeit des Figaro and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. From 2015 to 2017, Leopold Hager was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música.
As a guest, he has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Vienna State Opera and appeared frequently at many of the world's leading opera houses, amongst them the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Semperoper Dresden, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Teatro Colón, Opéra Bastille and Opéra de Nice.
Major operatic guest engagements also include Deutsche Oper Berlin (Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Cassandra), Oper Leipzig (Flying Dutchman), Staatsoper Stuttgart (Tristan and Isolde), Opéra National de Lyon (Werther), He also conducted two new Mozart stagings at Opéra de Nice.
A much sought-after conductor with great experience, he conducted leading orchestras in Europe and the USA, including Staatskapelle Dresden, Bamberger Symphoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Weimar, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, National Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra.
Leopold Hager has acquired renown as a pioneering advocate of Mozart interpretation, in particular for his Salzburg concert performances of the hitherto virtually unperceived early stage works, amongst them Lucio Silla, Apollo et Hyacinthus, Ascanio in Alba or The Liberation of Bethulia. In the course of the Salzburg Mozart Week in 1979, he conducted the first complete performance ever of Il sogno di Scipione. Moreover, his extensive discography includes all of Mozart’s piano concertos and concert arias.


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