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About Axel Kober

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.

Since the 2009/10 season, Axel Kober has been Music Director of Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg, where he sets a distinctive course in a wide repertoire – from Rameau via Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Lehár, Strauss, Britten, Poulenc and Oehring up to the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s „Gesicht im Spiegel“.
In addition, he became GMD of Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019,
after having been Chief Conductor of this orchestra since 2017.

Axel Kober has been a frequent guest at Bayreuth Festival since his debut in summer 2013, conducting reviv- als of “Tannhäuser” and “Der Fliegende Holländer”. In addition, he enjoys a close relationship with State Opera Vienna, where he gave his debut in 2016.
Next to his enthousiastically received full cycle of “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in January 2019, he conducted “Hänsel und Gretel” as well as “Arabella”,
and will return in May 2020 for a series of “Der Freischütz”

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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Vienna State Opera
Opernring 2, 1010 Wien

May 2021 | 13

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Vienna State Opera
Opernring 2, 1010 Wien

May 2021 | 16

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Vienna State Opera
Opernring 2, 1010 Wien

"Chefsache" - reviews to "Der Kaiser von Atlantis" premiere

“The Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra under Axel Kober succeeds in tracing the unconditional nature of music in sharp contours and at the same time allowing the soloistic delicacy of the orchestral timbres to unfold.” – says Wolfram Goertz in his review after the “Kaiser von Atlantis” premiere.

"Götterdämmerung" out now!

Axel Kober’s first recording of Wagners “Ring” cycle is completeThe fantastic Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies an equally great ensemble, consisting of singers like KS Linda Watson, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welsh or Sami Luttinen. On July 28th, CAvi-music, as exclusive label partner, released the live recording of “Götterdämmerung”. The four tracks can be accessed…

CD | August 2020  

Richard Wagner: "Götterdämmerung"

The Rhine is where Richard Wagner’s cycle of operas “Der Ring des Nibelungen” begins and ends – and it was beside the Rhine in 1851 that the composer first dreamed of this equally visionary and monumental work.
Even if Wagner’s plans for a festival would ultimately be realised in an entirely different part of Germany, the performance of a “Ring on the Rhine” will always remain something very special.