Guest Musicians 2017

Johannes Fritzsch


Johannes Fritzsch was born in Meissen, Germany, in 1960. His higher education was received at the Carl Maria von Weber Music Academy in Dresden, majoring in conducting and piano.

In 1987, Maestro Fritzsch accepted the position of Kapellmeister with the Staatsoper Dresden, Semperoper, where he conducted more than 350 opera and ballet performances within five years.

After the German reunification, Maestro Fritzsch was able to accept engagements outside of Eastern Europe. In 1992/3, he was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at the Städtische Bühnen and the Philharmonisches Orchester in Freiburg. There he remained until 1999, enjoying widespread acclaim. The Verband Deutscher Musikverleger (association of German music publishers) honored his 1998/99 season with the distinction of having the ‘Best Concert Programme’.

Johannes Fritzsch has performed with many orchestras, both within Germany and internationally. These include: Hamburger Sinfoniker, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, Philharmonie Essen, Nationaltheater- Orchester Mannheim, Staatskapelle Schwerin, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Staatsorchester Halle and many others.

Opera companies with which he has worked include: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Opernhaus Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Bastille Paris, Grazer Oper, the Royal Opera Stockholm, Malmö Operan and Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne (including Wozzeck, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Salome, Der Rosenkavalier).

He recently held the position of Chief Conductor of the Grazer Oper and Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Austria; from 2008-2014, he was Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and was recently appointed Conductor Laureate.

In 2015/2016, Johannes Fritzsch conducted the Queensland, Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, led performances of La traviata and Madama Butterfly for Opera Queensland and Luisa Miller, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Der fliegende Holländer for Hamburg Oper. In 2017, he conducts Entführung and Butterfly for Hamburg Oper and makes major appearances with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.




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