Heinz Fricke
Heinz Fricke is recognized world-wide as a leading operatic and symphonic conductor, in particular for his extraordinary inter- pretations of works from what is known as the German repertoire. Born in Halberstadt, Heinz Fricke received his musical education in Weimar and Leipzig, where he studied with Hermann Abendroth. Maestro Heinz Fricke was Music Director of the Washington National Opera from 1993 until 2010 and after his retirement was bestowed with the honorific title of Music Director Emeritus of both, the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Since his appointment in 1993, his works with the latter company has seen him conduct numerous produc- tions including Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Salome, Der Rosenkavalier. He previously held the positions of Music Director of the Berlin State Opera (1961 - 1992) and of the Norwegian National Opera (1984 - 1990). The artist has appeared as a guest conductor with the leading opera houses in Europe, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Hamburg, Munich and Vienna State Operas, the Royal Opera Houses  in Copenhagen and Stockholm, with the Royal Opera House, London (Parsifal with Plácido Domingo) also on tour to Rome, Teatro Real Madrid, Barcelona, Teatro Sao Carlo, Lisbon. He has also conducted the major symphony orchestras in Europe, Australia, Japan and South America, including the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. 2004: Fidelio production (co-operation with Den Norske Opera Oslo with TV broadcast in Robben Island / Cape Town under the auspices of Nelson Mandela). Numerous TV appearances in Germany and abroad, radio and CD recordings on the Capriccio, Eterna, Berlin Classics, EMI, Wergo, Sony labels. Representation: General Management / Worldwide