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 2018/19 season in Lucerne with “Kindertotenlieder”, a future-oriented project in collaboration with Matthew Herbert, Benedikt von Peter and Márton Ágh. Further productions include Roméo et Juliette, Don Giovanni and a revival of La traviata. He also conducts a new musical crossover production based on Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, a co-production with the Theater Bremen, which has already toured Kampnagel Hamburg, Wiener Festwochen and the Nationaltheater Mannheim with great success.
Upcoming concert engagements this season include the Meininger Hofkapelle as well as a concert with the Orchestra of the Hochschule für Musik Lucerne.
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. The past season saw Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in a staging by Herbert Fritsch, another highly praised collaboration with the Lucerne Festival, as well as productions of Falstaff, and Robert Schumann’s Faust Szenen. Other recent operas in Lucerne have included Benedikt von Peter’s acclaimed and provocative staging of Verdi’s La Traviata. As a guest conductor, Clemens Heil returned to the Bremer Theater for the world premiere of Wahlverwandtschaften, a music theatre work by Thomas Kürstner, Sebastian Vogel and Armin Petras after Goethe’s famous novel.