Sebastian Lang-Lessing - Conductor

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
- Conductor
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Sebastian Lang-Lessing began his international career as assistant to Gerd Albrecht at the Hamburg Saatsoper. In 1993, he was brought to the Deutsche Oper Berlin by his mentor Götz Friedrich as the youngest principal conductor at the time. At the age of just 24, he received the coveted "Ferenc Fricsay Prize". Today Lang-Lessing is an established and respected international artist and regularly conducts at the opera houses of Paris, Hamburg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm Seattle, Vancouver, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul and Cape Town. He was principal conductor of the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy and the Nancy Opera, which under his leadership developed into the Opéra national de Lorraine, the most important opera house in northern France. He also led the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with whom he released an extensive and multi-award-winning discography, and in ten years together made his mark on the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, of which he was subsequently appointed MD Emeritus. Since 2020, Sebastian Lang-Lessing has been Music Director of the Korean National Opera, where he has led several successful productions since 2018, most recently a new production of "Fidelio" in collaboration with visual artist Kevork Mourad.

In the 2021/22 season, in addition to productions at the Korean National Opera, Sebastian Lang-Lessing will also be a guest conductor at the Copenhagen Tivoli, the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt (Oder), among others. At the Hungarian National Opera he conducts performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion in the version by Felix Mendelssohn. In San Antonio, he serves as an honorary conductor on various projects, continuing his strong relationship with the orchestra and his commitment to the fine arts in Texas.

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"His attention to balance, color and underlying melodic details
shaped the music’s narrative power. [...] When he conducts, he leans
toward the musicians and is often on his toes, his heels lifted
as if in anticipation of the next musical phrase."

- David Hendricks - 

Sebastian Lang-Lessing began his international career as assistant to Gerd Albrecht at the Hamburg Saatsoper. In 1993, he was brought to the Deutsche Oper Berlin by his mentor Götz Friedrich as the youngest principal conductor at the time. At the age of just 24, he received the coveted "Ferenc Fricsay Prize". Today Lang-Lessing is an established and respected international artist and regularly conducts at the opera houses of Paris, Hamburg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm Seattle, Vancouver, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul and Cape Town. He was principal conductor of the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy and the Nancy Opera, which under his leadership developed into the Opéra national de Lorraine, the most important opera house in northern France. He also led the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with whom he released an extensive and multi-award-winning discography, and in ten years together made his mark on the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, of which he was subsequently appointed MD Emeritus. Since 2020, Sebastian Lang-Lessing has been Music Director of the Korean National Opera, where he has led several successful productions since 2018, most recently a new production of "Fidelio" in collaboration with visual artist Kevork Mourad.

In the 2021/22 season, in addition to productions at the Korean National Opera, Sebastian Lang-Lessing will also be a guest conductor at the Copenhagen Tivoli, the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt (Oder), among others. At the Hungarian National Opera he conducts performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion in the version by Felix Mendelssohn. In San Antonio, he serves as an honorary conductor on various projects, continuing his strong relationship with the orchestra and his commitment to the fine arts in Texas.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances of his Tristan/Elgar arrangement with cellist István Várdai and the Hungarian National Philharmonic in Budapest, the closing concerts of the Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen with Renée Fleming, and a return to Seoul with a new production of Samson and Delilah and La Traviata. He also opened the iconic Oslo Opera House and worked in Paris with Maurice Béjart on his spectacular interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony, which he later toured in Japan. Lang-Lessing conducted China's first production of an opera by Richard Strauss, "Der Rosenkavalier" at the NCPA in Beijing and led numerous concerts and master classes.

In 2020, during the corona pandemic, he launched the website "VirtuMasterClass", an online platform for instrumental and vocal master classes where renowned soloists and interested students from all over the world can connect. Among the teachers Sebastian Lang-Lessing has been able to recruit for this project are the cellists Johannes Moser and Alban Gerhardt, violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Alessio Bax.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing is a true cosmopolitan. He speaks five languages fluently, loves to travel and holds music director titles on five continents. In education projects, he is committed to the future and low-threshold of classical music. His friendships with composers such as Detlev Glanert, Brett Dean and Stewart Copeland have led to a series of new commissions and premieres.

Artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Olga Kern, Susan Graham, Kirill Gerstein, Lynn Harrell, Lang Lang and Augustin Hadelich became regulars with the orchestra during Lang-Lessing's time with the San Antonio Symphony. He has a long artistic friendship with many of them. He also maintains a close musical relationship with the singer Renée Feming, with whom he released the album "Guilty Pleasures" (DECCA) in 2012 with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and a broad repertoire of arias and songs.

 

Status: July 2021

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SA Symphony Sebastian Lang-Lessing on Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Sebastian Lang-Lessing: Pictures at an Exhibition

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics.

Release: 07/2017


Mendelssohn: The Hebrides | A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 03/2017


Schumann: Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” & Symphony No. 4

This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics.

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 08/2016


Renée Fleming – “Guilty Pleasures”

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Composers: Berlioz, Duparc, Refice, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, et al.

Label: Decca
Release: 09/2013


Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 06/2013


Grieg: Peer Gynt 1&2, Holberg Suite, Wedding at Troldhagen

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 08/2011


Mozart: Symphonies 39, 40 & 41 Jupiter”

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Release: 08/2011


Rienzi – live performance Deutsche Oper Berlin

Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Stage Director: Philipp Stölzl

Label: Unitel Classica, ZDF/arte, Arthaus Musik
Release: 09/2010
Format: DVD


Mendelssohn: The Five Symphonies

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 11/2009


Brett Dean – “Testament”

Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 01/2009


Sara Macliver – “Mozart Arias”

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 08/2007


Joseph-Guy Ropartz Symphonies No. 2 & 5

Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: Timpani Records
Release: 01/2006


Schumann Complete Symphonies

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 08/2006


Niki Vasilakis – “Mendelssohn, Bruch Violin Concertos, Ravel Tzigane”

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 06/2006


Joseph-Guy Ropartz Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4

Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Label: Timpani Records
Release: 01/2005


Romantic Overtures – Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Composers: Beethoven, Schumann, Weber, Marschner, Nicolai, Mendelssohn

 

Label: ABC Classics
Release: 01/2005


Duncan Gifford – “Music for Piano and Orchestra”

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing
Works by: Saint-Saëns, d’Indy, Franck

Label: ABC CLASSICS
Release: 11/2004


Katrin Scholz – Saint-Saëns and Martinů

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra & Katrin Scholz

Label: Berlin Classics
LC: 06203
Distribution: Edel:Kultur
Release: 12/1999