The 150 year old history of the theatre in Bad Hall parallels people’s striving for art. I am delighted to be part of this tradition for a while.
Ernst Theis studied in Vienna at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts. His first appearances as a conductor were with the orchestra Österreichische Kammersymphoniker as the ensemble’s artistic director and general manager. Over the course of his time with this ensemble, with which he maintained a concert series at Vienna’s Konzerthaus for many years, he spent nearly four years at the Vienna Volksoper. He attended the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt and took part in a conducting competition and succeeded in taking first place. He worked with numerous orchestras such as the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, the Radio Philharmonic in Saarbrücken/Kaiserlautern, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburger Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic in Hannover, the Radio Orchestras of Munich, Cologne, Leipzig and Vienna, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), and many others. From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Theis served as head conductor of Staatsoperette Dresden, which was embroiled in a serious crisis when he arrived. His thoroughly visionary conceptual approach to their artistic work paved this theatre ensemble’s way into the recording market. He began recording with them for the German label CPO in 2005, performed with them at renowned concert halls, and several times took them to the Kurt Weill Fest in Dessau. Ultimately, Staatsoperette Dresden went from being a potential candidate for closure to awaiting the construction of a new building. In 2013, Ernst Theis left the Staatsoperette and went on to make a number of successful debuts. However, he has also remained true to established concepts like his project RadioMusiken, in which he produces recordings together with Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. Today, Ernst Theis covers an artistic range that runs from Viennese Classicism to the avant-garde, working successfully with numerous orchestras on various continents. Additionally, he is the designated director of the KlangbadHall Festival. In this capacity, he will be presenting his first festival programme in June 2017.