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Axel Kober

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Music Director Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf/Duisburg

''[...] The piece is presented by Axel Kober, the vocal soloists and the Düsseldorf Symphoniker; with much expression, attention to detail and nuanced dynamics. The musical arc of suspense, woven out of a web of leitmotifs, never breaks off.’’
Ursula Decker-Bönninger,, 10. April 2018

Axel Kober’s interpretations of a wide opera and concert repertoire grow on the basis of profound knowledge, enormous experience and a comprehensive musical sense into spheres of inspiring emotionality.

At the beginning of the 2009/10 season Axel Kober took up his current position as Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg. Since then, he conducted premieres of “Peter Grimes”, “Die Lustige Witwe”, “Tristan und Isolde”, “Parsifal”, “Castor et Pollux”, “Dialogues des Carmélites”, “Falstaff”, “Aida”, Puccini’s “Trittico” and “Turandot”, “Die Frau ohne Schatten”, “Elektra”, Jörg Widmann’s “Gesicht im Spiegel” and “The Rake’s Progress”. In June 2017, he started a new production of the complete “Ring des Nibelungen” with “Rheingold”.
In autumn 2017, he conducted a new production of “Wozzeck” with stage director Stefan Herheim, Bo Skovhus and Camilla Nylund.

In summer 2013, Axel Kober gave his acclaimed debut at the Bayreuth Festival, where he conducted “Tannhäuser” and was immediately re-invited for summer 2014 and then for “Der Fliegende Holländer” from 2015 onwards.

Additional recent invitations lead him to Deutsche Oper Berlin (“Parsifal”, “Tannhäuser”, “Lohengrin”), Hamburg State Opera (“La Traviata”, “Ariadne auf Naxos”, “Carmen”, “Macbeth”), Theater Basel (“Parsifal”, “Lohengrin”), Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg (“Tristan und Isolde”), Semperoper Dresden (“Elektra”), and Oper Zurich (“Der fliegende Holländer”), as well as to concerts of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Sinfonieorchester Basel and Dortmunder Philharmoniker.

In 2016/17, Axel Kober gave his debut at Vienna’s State Opera (“Hänsel und Gretel”), where he will conduct a whole “Ring des Nibelungen”, as well as performances of “Arabella” and “Hänsel und Gretel” in 2018/19.

In autumn 2017, Axel Kober assumed the position of Chief Conductor of the Duisburger Philharmonkier.

Additional future projects include his returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Oper Zürich as well as to Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.


Former places of Axel Kober’s activities were – among others – Oper Leipzig and Nationaltheater Mannheim, where he conducted numerous premieres and revivals in a very broad repertoire (Mozart, Weber, Berlioz, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss, Janacek, Schönberg, Strawinsky). In Leipzig, he was also a regular guest in the concerts of Gewandhausorchester. At the same time, invitations lead him to the Staatsthater Nürnberg, the Wiener Volksoper, the Royal Opera Copenhagen, the Philharmonisches Orchester Halle as well as to the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg.

Born in Kronach / Germany, Axel Kober studied conducting with Peter Falk and Günther Wich in Würzburg.


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