The search for new concert forms and the dramaturgically meaningful fusion of old and new music are central to Titus Engel’s career. Besides symphonic repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, he has a deep passion for baroque music performances on historical as well as modern instruments. In 2020 he was chosen as “conductor of the year” in the critics’ survey of the magazine “Opernwelt”.
Titus Engel’s debut at the Teatro Real Madrid with the premiere of Pilar Jurado’s “La página en blanco” in February 2011 was highly praised by the press. The Süddeutsche Zeitung proclaimed it “superb” and La Razón wrote: “The Swiss conductor Titus Engel led the orchestra amazingly. He knew the work inside out and achieved an excellent reaction from the orchestra.” In 2014 he then conducted the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s opera “Brokeback Mountain” in Madrid to great critical acclaim, and gave the world premiere of Elena Mendoza’s opera “La ciudad de las mentiras” in 2017.
The recent seasons includeded for example Wertmüller’s new work “Weine nicht, singe!” at the Hamburg State Opera, Offenbach’s “Fantasio” at the Komische Oper Berlin, Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” at the Teatro Real Madrid, W. A. Mozart’s “La Betulia liberata” at the Opera Frankfurt, Verdi’s “La Traviata” or recently Wertmüller’s “D.I.E” at the Ruhrtriennalee. Stockhausen’s “Donnerstag” at the Theater Basel was chosen as “Perfomance of the Year” 2016 in the critics’ survey of the magazine “Opernwelt”.
In 2021/22 he conducts Strauss’ “Salome” and Nielsen’s “Maskerade” (director: Tobias Kratzer) at the Opera Frankfurt. In Spring he will come back to Stuttgart for a relaunch of BORIS – Mussorgskis Boris Godunow and Sergej Newkis Secondhand-Time. A debut will be at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Haas’ “Bluthaus” (director: Claus Guth) an. For concerts he is invited to Vienna/Klangforum, the SWR Symphony orchestra (“100 years Donaueschinger Musiktage”), the WDR Symphony orchestra and the Staatsorchester Hannover.
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