Biography

Austrian conductor Peter Sommerer, best known for his Interpretation of Anton Bruckner´s Symphonies, Chief conductor and  Music Director of the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra, is regularly invited as a guest conductor internationally in addition to his duties with this orchestra.

His highly acclaimed debut with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra at the beginning of this season has attracted much attention and will bring him back to South-Korea.

In addition, future invitations will take him to Mexico, Romania, Germany, Austria and Korea.

Peter Sommerer is conducted the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra in a CD production of Scandinavian music for the “haenssler” record label that was released in May 2019.

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Current opera productions such as Wagner´s „Flying Dutchman“,  Puccini´s “Manon Lescaut” or in the last seasons Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre”, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Hindemith’s “Cardillac”, Verdi’s “La Traviata”, Alban Berg’s “Lulu”, Massenet’s “Don Quichotte”, and Bizet’s “Carmen”, which have recently received equal acclamation from the public and press, underline his versatility.
The fact that the “Dutchman” is up to GMD Peter Sommerer can already be seen in the first few bars of the ouverture conducted with vehemence and genuine dramatic breath.” as the “Opernglas” wrote about his highly acclaimed Opening Night of Richard Wagner´s “Flying Dutchman”.

He has conducted the Royal Orchestra of Copenhagen, the Zurich Opera House, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, the Austro-Iranian Symphony Orchestra Tehran, the Lübeck, Magdeburg, and Jena Philharmonic Orchestras, Brandenburg Symphonic Orchestra, the South Danish Philharmonic, as well as regularly in the USA and Canada.

Peter Sommerer is not only a tempestuous conductor of his orchestra, but also a gifted conférencier” as the Newspaper (shz) wrote about his “New Years Concert”. His affinity to introduce multilingual the audience to music, especially contemporary music, is much appreciated.

His interest in promoting young musicians can be seen in his choice to take over the artistic direction of the “Junge Philharmonie Brandenburg” at the beginning of the season 2018/19.

From 2002 to 2005, he was a permanent assistant to Michael Boder, which led him to the Wiener Staatsoper, the Staatsoper in Dresden, the Staatsoper Berlin, and the National Theatre in Munich, among others.

During this time, Peter Sommerer gained an extensive repertoire of operas by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. He made his operatic debut with Tan Dun’s “Marco Polo” during his studies (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) at the “Neue Oper Wien” in 1998, the focus of which is on 20th and 21st century music theatre productions.

Repertoire List Opera

Alban Berg

Lulu

Georges Bizet

Les pecheurs de perles

Boris Blacher

Preußisches Märchen

Benjamin Britten

Albert Herring

Sommernachtstraum

Friedrich Cerha

Der Riese vom Steinfeld

Tan Dun

Marco Polo

Gaetano Donizetti

Don Pasquale

Lucia di Lammermoor

Antonin Dvorak

Rusalka

Peter Eötvös

Drei Schwestern

Charles Gounod

La Nonne Sanglante

Paul Hindemith

Cardillac

Leos Janácek

Jenufa

Emmerich Kálmán

Gräfin Mariza

John Kander

Cabaret

Eduard Künneke

Der Vetter aus Dingsda

Franz Lehàr

Die Lustige Witwe

Frederick Loewe

My Fair Lady

Albert Lortzing

Zar und Zimmermann

Nader Mashayekhi

Neda – Der Ruf

Jules Massenet

Werther

Don Quichotte

Wolfgang A. Mozart

Così fan tutte

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Die Zauberflöte

Le Nozze di Figaro

La Clemenza di Tito

Alex Nowitz

Die Bestmann-Oper

Jacques Offenbach

Orpheus in der Unterwelt

Cole Porter

Kiss me Kate

Francis Poulenc

Dialogues des Carmélites

Giacomo Puccini

Gianni Schicci

La Bohème

Madama Butterfly

Turandot

Wolfgang Rihm

Jakob Lenz

Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov

Die Zarenbraut

Gioachino Rossini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Otello

Gerhard Schedl

Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung

Alfred Schnittke

Die Historia von D. Johann Fausten

Arnold Schönberg

Die Jakobsleiter

Von heute auf morgen

Louis Spohr

Faust

Richard Strauss

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Der Rosenkavalier

Elektra

Johann Strauß

Die Fledermaus

Wiener Blut

Der Zigeunerbaron

Eine Nacht in Venedig

Igor Strawinsky

The Rake´s Progress

Peter Tschaikowsky

Eugen Onegin

Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

La Traviata

Nabucco

Otello

Richard Wagner

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Der fliegende Holländer

Das Rheingold

Walküre

Siegfried

Carl M. von Weber

Der Freischütz

André Werner

Lavinia A.

Robert Wright

Grand Hotel

Repertoire List Concerts

Johann Sebastian Bach

Magnificat
Messe in h-moll
Johannes-Passion
Matthäus-Passion
Weihnachtsoratorium
Div. Kantaten
Brandenburgische Konzerte
Ouverture No. 3

Bela Bartók

Konzert für Orchester

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7
Klavierkonzert No. 2, 4

Violinkonzert
Missa in C-Dur
Missa Solemnis
Chorfantasie

Alban Berg

Lulu-Variationen
Violinkonzert
Wozzeck-Bruchstücke

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Johannes Brahms

Symphonie No. 1, 2, 3, 4
Haydn-Variationen
Violinkonzert

Anton Bruckner

Symphonie No. 3, 4, 5, 7, 9

Antonin Dvorak

Symphonie No. 8

Georg Friedrich Händel

Der Messias
Div. Concerti grossi
Wassermusik
Feuerwerksmusik

Joseph Haydn

Symphonie No. 22, 44, 60, 82, 83, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100, 101,102
Die Schöpfung
Sämtliche Messen

Paul Hindemith

Sinfonie „Mathis der Maler“

Anatoly Liadow

Kikimora
Baba Yaga
Der verzauberte See

Gustav Mahler

Symphonie No. 1, 6
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Olivier Messiaen

Un Sourire

Felix Mendelssohn-B.

Symphonie No. 4
Musik zu „Ein Sommernachtstraum“
Violinkonzert

Wolfgang A. Mozart

Symphonien
KV 200, 201, 297, 318, 385, 504, 550, 551
Flötenkonzert KV 315
Hornkonzert KV 417
Klavierkonzert KV 467
Violinkonzert KV 219, 211
Serenade KV 350
Requiem
Sämtliche Messen

Arvo Pärt

Te Deum

Jean Sibelius

Symphonie No. 2

Franz Schubert

Symphonie No. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9
Sämtliche Messen

Robert Schumann

Symphonie No. 1, 3

Johann Strauß

Div. Walzer, Polkas etc.

Richard Strauss

Don Juan
Tod und Verklärung

Karol Szymanowski

Violinkonzert Nr. 1

Peter Tschaikowsky

Sinfonie Nr. 2

Hugo Wolf

Italienische Serenade

Termine

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