Roland Kluttig

Roland Kluttig (b. 1968) has been General Music Director at the Landestheater Coburg since the 2010/2011 season. His productions of operas by Gluck, Weber, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and Janáček have attracted great interest across Germany. “What Roland Kluttig draws from his second-tier orchestra in the way of colours, power, authenticity and effect is magnificent,” according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, while the Opernwelt wrote of his 2014 Lohengrin production: “Kluttig creates a miracle that the stage direction then deconstructs.”

In the 2014/15 season, alongside his work at the Landestheater Coburg, he will conduct new productions of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” at the Opéra de Nice in France, and Weber’s rarely performed opera “Euryanthe” at the Oper Frankfurt.

Roland Kluttig works regularly with orchestras such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra,the Dresden Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonia.

For the NorrlandsOperan in Sweden, he conducted Britten’s “Peter Grimes” in 2009, and Berg’s “Wozzeck” in 2011 – an exemplary production that was recorded by Swedish Television and deemed one of the best operatic productions of the year. In 2010, he was in charge of a production of Prokofiev’s “The Love of Three Oranges” at the Leipzig Opera.

Roland Kluttig is often invited to conduct programmes combining different musical epochs, such as a concert with Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” and Messiaen’s “Et expecto resurrectionem” with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, or one featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Webern and Lachenmann with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. His repertoire includes the entire orchestral works of both Varèse and Frank Zappa.

In the field of new music, Roland Kluttig had his first successes in the 1990s as the Musical Director of the KNM Berlin. Invitations to all the major new-music ensembles and festivals followed. From 2000 to 2004 he worked at the Stuttgart State Opera as musical assistant and kapellmeister, conducting, among other things, the first live recording of Schoenberg’s opus magnum “Moses und Aron”, and Helmut Lachenmann’s “Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” (“The Little Match-Girl”) - the start of a very close collaboration with this composer. From 2004 to 2006 Kluttig was the Principal Conductor of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, USA.

Roland Kluttig received his musical training in Dresden, and was given early support from the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council), the Herbert von Karajan Foundation and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. He has studied with Peter Eötvös and John Eliot Gardiner, among others.