Hartmut Haenchen's high intellect and musical integrity have secured his place in the forefront of musical life.
Born in Dresden, Hartmut Haenchen has been a member of the Kreuzchor Dresden. Following his studies at the local conservatory and as a trainee for Pierre Boulez and Herbert von Karajan, as well as consecutive studies with Arvid Jansons and Evgeni Mrawinski, he became the conductor of the Robert-Franz-Singakademie and the Staatskapelle Halle.

Engagements at medium houses were quickly followed by his debut at the State Opera Berlin with Boris Godunow and the appointment as conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic from 1973 until 1976. During this period he appeared as a permanent visitor of the Semperoper Dresden. From 1976 until 1979 he led the Mecklenburgische Staatskappel Schwerin, as well as the Staatstheater, followed by a time as freelance artist.
In 1986 he moved to the Netherlands and was appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras, and Music Director of Dutch National Opera, where he conducted a broad repertoire from Gluck’s Alceste to B.A. Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten.
Furthermore, he has been on the conductor’s stand of the Chamber orchestra Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach for almost 35 years. (1980-2014).

Guest engagements led him to renowned houses, such as the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Theater an der Wien, Opéra National de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper München, the three opera houses in Berlin, Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie Brussels, Teatro Real de Madrid, LA Opera, New National Theatre Tokio, as well as the Bayreuth Festival, Warsaw Autumn and Kirishima Festival in Japan.
He worked together with the world’s greatest orchestras including the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, all great orchestras of Paris, such as the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie Brussels, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Royal Danish Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Engagements in the season 2019/20 led him i.a. to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Zurich Opera, as well as to the BOZAR in Brussels.

Hartmut Haenchen has made over 130 recordings with different orchestras for Berlin Classics, Capriccio, OpusArte, Pentatone, Philips, Sony Classical, Vanguard and ICA Classics. These include a substantial discography with his Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. His DVD of Mahler’s Symphony No.6 (Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie / ICA Classics) was awarded a Diapason d’Or. He is also the author of many books on music.
Besides a number of awards, Hartmut Haenchen was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and the arts.

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Repertoire Opera

Bartók Bluebeard's Castle
Beethoven Fidelio
Berg Lulu
Berlioz La Damnation de Faust
Bizet Carmen
Dessau Die Verurteilung des Lukullus
Gluck Alceste
  Iphigénie en Aulide
  Iphigénie en Tauride
  Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna and Paris Version)
Goldmann Hot
Handel Giustino
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel
Janácek From the House of the Dead
Leoncavallo Pagliacci
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana
Matthus Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (UA)
Mozart Bastien et Bastienne
  Così fan tutte
  Der Schauspieldirektor
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail
  Die Zauberflöte
  Don Giovanni
  La Clemenza di Tito
  Le nozze di Figaro
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov
Orff Carmina Burana
Paisiello IL Babriere di Siviglia
Puccini La Bohème
Reimann Lear
Saint-Saens Samson et Dalila
Shostakovich The Nose
  Lady Macbeth of Mzensk
Smetana The Bartered Bride
Strauss, J.  Die Fledermaus
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos
  Der Rosenkavalier
  Die Frau ohne Schatten
  Die Liebe der Danae
Szymanowski Król Roger
Telemann Pimpinone
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Verdi Don Carlo
Wagner Faust Ouverture
  Liebesmahl der Apostel
  Das Rheingold
  Der fliegende Holländer
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  Die Walküre
  Tristan und Isolde
Weber Abu Hassan
  Der Freischütz
Wolf Der Corregidor
Zimmermann Die Soldaten
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Hartmut Haenchen's repertoire of symphonic and chamber music ranges from the baroque to the contemporary. Please follow the links below to find the complete repertoire:
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Chamber Orchestra - Repertoire 


Back in the Netherlands
Hartmut Haenchen will conduct two Dutch orchestras in the next few weeks, which unfortunately will only be available in the currently obligatory streaming format, but that shouldn't diminish the joy of it!

Haydn, Brahms and Diepenbrock will be available on March 27th, with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Isabelle van Keulen on violin, at 8 p.m. under the following link:

A program of orchestral songs by Strauss and Wolf and the Pathétique by Tchaikovsky with the Noord-Nederlands Orkest and soprano Annemarie Kremer will follow on April 8th.
From 8 p.m. under the following links:


Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 and Te Deum / BOZAR Brussels / 22.10.18 /

"L'énergie redoutable et fidèle, s'emporte grâce à Hartmut Haenchen" 

Mozart's Symphony in C-Major "Jupiter" / Würzburger Mozartfest / 04.06.18 /

"zwischen Kraft und Eleganz, Stärke und Esprit" 

Mahler's Symphony No. 9 / Maison de la Radio, Paris / 29.03.18 /

"va sans doute plus loin avec une conduite encore plus unitaire du discours" 

Parsifal / Bayreuther Festspiele / 05.09.17 /

"une belle tension, atmosphère et spiritualité" 

Parsifal / Bayreuther Festspiele / 14.08.17 /

"this performance reclaimed the composer's intentions more than any recent ones at Bayreuth" 

Tristan und Isolde / Opéra de Lyon / 01.06.17 /

"dank Hartmut Haenchen auch musikalisch überwältigend" 

Così fan tutte / Grand Théâtre de Genève / 04.05.17 /

"un très beau moment musical sous" 
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