Michael Guettler: Principal Conductor of Finnish National Opera.
Michael Guettler was born in Dresden. Michael Guettler, today, is regarded as one of the most acclaimed among the young generation of conductors with his sensational substitution at short notice of Valery Gergiev in the Ring of the Nibelung (Wagner) and Parsifal at the MARIINSKY THEATRE in January/March 2003.
After his studies of violin, trumpet, piano and choir conducting and his studies at the Music University “Carl Maria von Weber” (orchestra conducting), as well as numerous master classes (e.g. with Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Miltiades Caridis, Ilya Musin, Valery Gergiev) Michael Guettler was accepted for the FÖRDERPROGRAMM DIRIGENTENFORUM DES DEUTSCHEN MUSIKRATES (a promotion program for young conductors).
At the beginning of his international activities Michael Guettler won numerous conductor contests (Wettbewerb der Europäischen Gemeinschaft “Franco Capuana” Spoleto, Italy, 1996; “Bottega” Treviso, Italy, 1994; Internationales Dirgentenforum Hamm, 1993; “Conduct for Dance” London, 1993, etc.). From 1998 to 2002 he was Austria’s youngest chief conductor at the STADTTHEATER KLAGENFURT. Since 2002 he has been Permanent Guest Conductor of the MARIINSKY THEATRE St. Petersburg (The Ring of the Nibelung, Parsifal, Tristan and Isolde, Flying Dutchman, Falstaff, Don Carlo, Aida, La Traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucia di Lammermoor etc.)
During the season 2003/04 Michael Guettler started his successful cooperation with Anna Netrebko (e.a. Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor and various gala concerts).
Michael Guettler celebrated a sensational success in May 2007 at Paris National Opera House jumping in by very short notice with „Lohengrin“ (featuring Waltraud Meier and Ben Heppner).
Michael Guettler conducts a vast repertoire, his multilingualism (native German speaker, speaks Italian on a similar level as his mother tongue, excellent French, Russian and English) and his long-standing activity at Italian, Russian and French opera houses and orchestras are prerequisites for authentic interpretations in the most eminent parts of the international opera repertoire.
Michael Guettler is remarkable for his stilistic versatility, from early baroque music to the contemporary repertoire. He collaborates regularly with first-rate orchestras, choirs and soloists in the tradition of the „historically informed“ movement (Concerto Köln, Cappella Coloniensis), as well as, certainly, with „normal“ symphonic orchestras.