Peter Konvichniy

Peter Konvichniy

Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Peter Konwitschny
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Assistant Director and Early Career
  4. Opera Productions
  5. Major Productions
  6. Collaboration with Ingo Metzmacher
  7. Later Career and Awards
  8. Teaching and Association Memberships
  9. Legacy and Publications
  10. Russian Debut

Biography of Peter Konwitschny

Early Life and Education

Peter Konwitschny is a German opera and theater director. He was born in 1945 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, into a family of the renowned GDR conductor Franz Konwitschny. He received his secondary education in Leipzig and studied directing at the Hans Eisler Music School in Berlin from 1965 to 1970.

Assistant Director and Early Career

From 1971 to 1979, Konwitschny worked as an assistant director at the Berliner Ensemble, which was led by Ruth Berghaus during those years. During this time, he gained valuable experience and honed his skills as a director.

Opera Productions

Since 1980, Konwitschny has directed operas in various theaters around the world, including Montepulciano, Kassel, Nuremberg, Basel, Graz, Paris, Vienna, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Moscow, Lisbon, Tokyo, and others. Notable productions include Handel's "Floridante," "Rinaldo," "Acis, Galatea, and Polyphemus," and "Tamerlano," Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice," and Bizet's "Carmen."

Major Productions

From 1991 to 2001, Konwitschny directed seven productions at the Graz Opera, including Smetana's "The Bartered Bride," Verdi's "Aida," "Falstaff," and "Macbeth." He also directed seven productions at the Semperoper Dresden from 1992 to 2000.

Collaboration with Ingo Metzmacher

From 1998 to 2005, Konwitschny collaborated with conductor Ingo Metzmacher on eleven productions at the Hamburg State Opera. These productions included Berg's "Wozzeck," Strauss's "The Knight of the Rose," Wagner's "Lohengrin" and "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," Berg's "Lulu," Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron," and Verdi's "Don Carlos."

Later Career and Awards

From 2008 to 2012, Konwitschny served as the chief director of the Leipzig Opera. During this time, he directed notable productions such as Schönberg's "Pierrot Lunaire," Bach's cantata BWV 82 "Ich habe genug," Gluck's "Alceste," and Gluck's "Iphigénie en Aulide."

Peter Konwitschny has received numerous prestigious awards and honors throughout his career, including the Handel Prize awarded by the city council of Halle in 1985, the GDR Art Prize in 1988, the Conrad Wolf Prize from the Berlin Academy of Arts in 1992, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997. He has also been named the best director of the year five times by leading music critics in the international publication "Opernwelt" in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Teaching and Association Memberships

Since 1981, Konwitschny has regularly taught future directors, dramaturges, set designers, actors, and singers at various universities in Rostock, Berlin, Graz, Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, and Tokyo. He is a founding member of the Free Academy of Arts in Leipzig and a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts and the Academy of Arts Berlin-Brandenburg.

Legacy and Publications

Books dedicated to Peter Konwitschny's work have been published by Frank Kämper in 1992 and 2001 in Berlin and Hamburg. His directorial concepts for most of his productions are preserved in the Berlin Academy of Arts.

Russian Debut

In the 2003/04 season of the Bolshoi Theatre, Peter Konwitschny made his Russian debut with a production of the original version of Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman."