Patrik Ringborg, conductor
Patrik Ringborg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and studied there at the Royal College of Music and with Maestro Kurt Bendix. He worked as a répétiteur at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, assisting the Music Director and conducting performances in the Royal Opera House. He also assisted the Music Directors at the Semperoper in Dresden and at Canadian Opera in Toronto.
From 1993 to 1999 Patrik Ringborg worked as a staff conductor at Freiburg's Opera House, being promoted to Deputy Music Director in 1997. From 1997 to 2003 he conducted at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, where in 1999 he was appointed Principal Conductor and conducted more than 20 operas. After Mr. Ringborg's first year in Essen critics named him "Season's best conductor" together with John Fiore and Essen's music director Stefan Soltesz ("Neues Rheinland", August 2000). He was the Artistic Director of the German Kurt Weill Festival 2000.
Patrik Ringborg is currently General Music Director at the State Theatre in Kassel and chief conductor of its State Orchestra - founded in 1502, it is one of the world's oldest orchestras. Principal conductors in the 19th century were Louis Spohr and Gustav Mahler and in more modern times Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerd Albrecht, Woldemar Nelsons, and Ádám Fischer held the post.
Patrik Ringborg is one of Sweden's most prolific conductors with 80 conducted operas and a vast concert repertory. He has been engaged as a guest conductor by orchestras such as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Munich Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Staatskapelle in Weimar, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchesta, the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie in Chemnitz, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Munich Symphony and the Bremen State Orchestra. Outside Germany he has worked with all the larger Swedish orchestras and has also conducted in Austria, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Spain.
Patrik Ringborg made his debut at Gothenburg Opera in 1998 with Tannhäuser and subsequently conducted all Wagner productions there until 2006. Having been appointed Principal Guest Conductor and conducting Lohengrin in the year 2000, he conducted the acclaimed première of Tristan and Isolde in 2003, after which the Orchestra of the Gothenburg Opera was awarded the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet's Opera Prize and Patrik Ringborg was nominated for the Opera Prize founded by Tidskriften Opera. In the subsequent season he conducted a production of Die Walküre. 2011 he returned with a new production of Salome (directed by Peter Konwitschny) and was re-invited for further opera productions and concerts until 2015.
From 2004 to 2008 Patrik Ringborg conducted productions of Werther, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Tosca at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, as well as symphony concerts with the Staatskapelle Weimar.
In 2008 Maestro Ringborg returned to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and conducted in Bruckner's 4th symphony last year. 2009 the debut with the Gothenburg Symphony followed and in the upcoming season he will return to this Orchestra, Sweden's National Orchestra, conducting among others excerpts from The Twilight of the Gods. In May 2009 he made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera with a première of Elektra and will return in 2014 with a new production of Don Giovanni. In February 2010 his debut at the Opera House in Cologne followed with Der Rosenkavalier (including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's farewell performances). Mr. Ringborg also conducted performances of Elektra with the Stockholm Royal Opera at the Opera Festival in Savonlinna and will make his Stockholm opera debut 2013 with a new production of Parsifal.
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