Bio: Felix Krieger has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting German conductors of his generation thanks to several highly acclaimed performances in Berlin´s Konzerthaus. He began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2010 he is artistic director and principal conductor of the Berliner Operngruppe, together with whom he has given enthusiastically received performances, including the Berlin premieres of Verdi´s Stiffelio, Puccini´s Edgar or most recently Mascagni´s Iris in February 2020. A live-recording of Iris was released by Oehms Classics in March 2021. With this album he is nominated for the OPUS KLASSIK AWARD 2021 in the categories "CONDUCTOR OF THE YEAR" and "BEST OPERA RECORDING (19. Century)".
Born in Freiburg, Felix Krieger studied conducting, piano and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, completing his studies with Carlo Maria Giulini at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. As assistant conductor he has collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Daniele Gatti, Michael Gielen, Philippe Jordan and Seiji Ozawa and has worked for the Salzburg Festival (Wozzeck/Abbado), for the Staatsoper Berlin (Falstaff/Abbado) and for the Bayreuth Festival (Parsifal/Gatti /Jordan).
He is a regular guest conductor at major international opera houses, such as the Staatsoper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, the Opéra National de Paris and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and has conducted many internationally renowned orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Enescu Philharmonic Bukarest, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the London Sinfonietta, the Münchener Rundfunkorchester, the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart / Gächinger Kantorei, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg.
On the Shanghai Spring Music Festival in 2002 he conducted leading musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their first-ever trip to China in cooperation with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with Mozarts Jupiter-Symphony and Brahms 1. Symphony.
Felix Krieger was musical director of the Projeto Musica Orquestral Alemã from 2011-2012, conducting several symphonic concerts of the major German orchestral repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods to the 20th century in and around São Paulo. Also in São Paulo, as a regular conductor of Camerata Aberta, he has given numerous South American premieres of works by major composers such as Stockhausen, Henze, Rihm or Kagel.
Following early engagements in the opera houses of Kassel and Bielefeld, in which he conducted a diverse repertoire (including performances of Cosi fan tutte, Hänsel und Gretel, Il Trovatore, La Cenerentola, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lustige Witwe, Otello, Rusalka, Werther, Zauberflöte and Coppélia), Krieger conducted a successful debut in 2003 with Schumann’s 2nd symphony at the Staatsoper Berlin and was immediately reinvited to conduct Tschaikovsky´s Swan Lake. Since then, he has led the Staatskapelle Berlin on numerous occasions including the premieres of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2012/13), Marc Neikrug’s Through Roses (2013/14) and Stephen Oliver’s Mario and the Magnician (2015/16).
Krieger has been a regular guest conductor at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. His world premiere of Scannavini’s La Doppia Notte – Aida und Tristan (2013) was followed by new productions of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (2014), Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (2015), and De Falla’s El Amor Brujo with La Fura dels Baus (2017).
In recent years, he has made successful debuts conducting new productions at the Opéra National de Paris (César Franck’s Psyché, 2014), at the Teatro Verdi in Triest (Mozart´s Il re pastore, 2014), at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (Lehar´s Die lustige Witwe, 2015) and at Theater Lübeck (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, 2016). In 2018 he has made his debut with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Semperoper Dresden and has conducted new productions of Verdi’s Don Carlos at the Daegu International Opera Festival in South Korea (2018), the Mexican premiere of Verdi’s Stiffelio at the Opera Bellas Artes in Mexico City (2018) and Mozart´s La Clemenza di Tito in São Paulo (2019).
On the Sony Classical label he has recorded the album The Art of Ensemble, works by the Spanish composer Benet Casablancas (*1956) with the London Sinfonietta. The CD was released in 2018.