Ingo Metzmacher began his career with the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. From 1997 to 2005 he was General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, followed by a position as Chief Conductor of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and from 2007 to 2010 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Since 2016 he is Artistic Director of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen in Hannover.
Highlights of recent seasons include internationally acclaimed new productions of operas by Luigi Nono, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Wolfgang Rihm at the Salzburg Festival. Opera engagements have taken him to Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Zurich Opera House, La Scala in Milan, Paris Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève as well as the Vienna and Berlin State Opera. He has conducted leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestra.
His projects for the 2016/2017 season include new productions of Shostakovich's »The Nose« for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Schreker's »Die Gezeichneten« for the Bavarian State Opera as well as concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orcestra, the DSO Berlin and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Ingo Metzmacher's wide discography includes a complete recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's symphonies with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's 9th Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Olivier Messiaen's Illuminations of the Beyond… with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Engelbert Humperdinck's Königskinder with the DSO Berlin and a live recording of Lady Macbeth of Mzensk at the Vienna State Opera.
He is author of two books, »Keine Angst vor neuen Tönen« and »Vorhang auf! Oper entdecken und erleben«.