Music Director of the Luzerner Theater since 2016, German conductor Clemens Heil has built a reputation as a mindful and sensitive interpreter both in opera and on the concert platform. With a particular interest in bringing contemporary and 20th century repertoire centre stage, he has worked with composers such as Mauricio Kagel, Peter Eotvos, Sofia Gubaidulina and HK Gruber.
He opens the 2019/20 season in Lucerne with “CARMEN.maquia”, a dance version of Bizet’s much-loved opera by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano that saw its world premiere in Chicago in 2012 and will now be performed for the first time in Switzerland. December 2019 will see the opening night of a new production of Salomé, directed by Herbert Fritsch. On the concert stage this season will see Clemens Heil’s debut with the Zuger Sinfonietta, where he will be conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, together with Oliver Schnyder.
Other recent concert engagements have included the Meininger Hofkapelle, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin and a concert with the Orchestra of the Hochschule für Musik Lucerne.
Last season in Lucerne Clemens conducted “Kindertotenlieder”, a future-oriented project in collaboration with Matthew Herbert, Benedikt von Peter and Márton Ágh. Further productions included Roméo et Juliette, Don Giovanni and a revival of La traviata.
Clemens Heil started his tenure in Lucerne with an acclaimed production of Luigi Nono’s pivotal work Prometeo (in collaboration with the Lucerne Festival and the SWR Experimentalstudio), in autumn 2016. 2017 saw Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in a staging by Herbert Fritsch, another highly praised collaboration with the Lucerne Festival. Other recent operas in Lucerne have included Benedikt von Peter’s acclaimed and provocative staging of Verdi’s La Traviata. …