Felix Krieger is one of the most versatile conductors of his generation. Equally experienced in concert and opera repertoire, he is familiar with historical performance practice as well as with contemporary music.
He is the founder, artistic director and principal conductor of the Berliner Operngruppe, with which he won the national German award ‘Ausgewählter Ort 2012’ in the competition ‘365 Orte im Land der Ideen’. Focusing on rarely-played Italian operas, Krieger and his Berliner Operngruppe gave highly acclaimed performances of Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan, Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda as well as Verdi’s Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio, Attila and I Masnadieri, the German premiere of Donizetti’s Betly, the Berlin premiere of Verdi’s Stiffelio and lastly in March 2018 Verdis Giovanna d'Arco. The Berliner Operngruppe performs at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin.
Born in Freiburg, Germany, Felix Krieger studied conducting, piano and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, and completed his studies with Carlo Maria Giulini at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy.
He started his career as assistant conductor to Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic. Further important artistic inspiration came at the Bayreuth Festival where he was assistant conductor to Daniele Gatti.
He has conducted many internationally renowned orchestras such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, London Sinfonietta, Münchener Rundfunkorchester, Orchestre de l ́Opéra national de Paris, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Bach Collegium Stuttgart/Gaechinger Kantorei and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg amongst many others.
Following early conducting engagements at the opera houses in Kassel and Bielefeld, Krieger made a successful debut at the Staatsoper Berlin in 2003, and has since conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin in numerous performances. Recently, he has conducted premiere productions of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis (2012/13), Marc Neikrug's Through Roses (2013/14) and Stephen Oliver ́s Mario and the Magician (2015/16) at the Staatsoper Berlin.
Since 2013, Krieger has also been a regular guest conductor at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Following productions of Scannavini’s La Doppia Notte - Aida and Tristan, Tchaikovsky ́s Swan Lake and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, he returns during the 2016/17 season to conduct the premiere of De Falla’s El Amor Brujo, El Fuego y la Palabra with La Fura dels Baus.
In recent years he has made successful debuts at the Theater Lübeck (2016) with Mozarts´s Cosi fan tutte, Lehar´s The Merry Widow at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova (2015), Mozart’s Il re pastore at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (2014) and César Franck´s Psyché at Opéra national de Paris (2014).
Previously, he has conducted premiere productions at Cape Town Opera, Oslo Opera and with Chelsea Opera Group in London, and directed performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
Under the patronage of the Goethe Institute in São Paulo, Felix Krieger was artistic director of the Projeto Musica Orquestral Alemã during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and presented numerous orchestral works of great German composers from the 18th-20th century in several concerts in the metropolitan area of São Paulo.
Since 2011 Felix Krieger has worked regularly with Camerata Aberta in São Paulo, Brasil. There, he has conducted various South American premieres of works by important contemporary composers. Latterly these have included Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, Wolfgang Rihm and Matthias Pintscher.
For Sony classical he recorded works of spanish composer Benet Casablancas (*1956) with London Sinfonietta. The CD will be released in January 2018.
Upcoming engagements include his return to Opéra National de Paris with a Ballet including works of Dvorak, Chopin and Ravel, Verdi´s Don Carlo at the 16th International Daegu Opera Festival in South Korea, Verdis Stiffelio at Palacio Bellas Artes in Mexico-City and his debut at Semperoper Dresden with Die Zauberflöte.
Felix Krieger lives with his family in Berlin.