BEETHOVEN ORCHESTER BONN
ORCHESTER DES NATIONALTHEATERS MANNHEIM
General Music Director of the Theatre in Kiel from the beginning of the 2019/2020 season
The word has been out among critics and public alike since August 2019: “he’s the new man!” Benjamin Reiners is General Music Director of Kiel, the regional capital of Schleswig-Holstein. And according to Christian Strehk, writing for the Kieler Nachrichten newspaper, he is generating “pure euphoria.” With his wide stylistic range, his wealth of ideas and his love of adventure he finds stunning new focus points in the fields of opera and concert. “We are the orchestra for all the people of Kiel,” says the young conductor, who arrived there with a veritable kaleidoscope of innovative recital and presentation formats and has already conducted acclaimed new stagings of Verdi’s Aida and Otello, Bizet´s Carmen, Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and The Magic Flute and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Benjamin Reiners studied conducting and church music at the music colleges in Detmold and Cologne. In 2009 he began his stunning stage career, which has so far taken him to several tradition-rich theatres, where he developed a repertoire spanning many artistic eras alongside the ability to take on works of musical theatre without rehearsal or with a minimum of preparation and to deliver performances of the highest quality.
After an engagement as solo répétiteur and kapellmeister at the State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz in Munich, in 2011 he was appointed deputy kapellmeister with the State Opera of Lower Saxony in Hanover. Just two seasons later he was promoted to principal kapellmeister. From 2016/17 to 2018/19 he was deputy GMD and principal kapellmeister at the National Theatre in Mannheim. In 2018 Benjamin Reiners was appointed GMD and a member of the Board at the municipal theatre in Kiel from the 2019/20 season.
What is more, as an “extraordinarily talented conductor” (according to Gabor Halasz, writing for the newspaper Die Rheinpfalz) Benjamin Reiners is also a highly popular guest conductor at renowned opera and concert houses, taking to the rostrum before famous symphony orchestras. Engagements have so far taken him to venues such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the opera house in Graz, the state theatres of Nürnberg and Darmstadt, Duisburg Philharmonic, the state philharmonic of the Rhineland Palatinate and, recorded by ARD-alpha TV, the Munich Radio Orchestra. His premiere at the Rheingau Music Festival in summer 2020 with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn was broadcast on Magenta TV.
In the 2021/22 season he made his debut with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and at the Oper Frankfurt, returning to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein with Le nozze di Figaro. Other engagements included concerts with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and at the Moravian Autumn Festival Brno. Current projects include concerts with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra.
Furthermore, the young GMD can already look back on successful collaborations with famous soloists and composers including Frank Peter Zimmermann, Angela Denoke, Anja Harteros, Sondra Rodvanovsky, Norbert Ernst, Michael Volle, Ana de la Vega, Bomsori Kim, Nils Mönkemeyer, Fabian Müller and Hindemith Prize winner S.J. Hanke.
Benjamin Reiners makes a special effort to promote and encourage music education and awareness, as witness his role as Chairman of the Academies at Theater Kiel and guest conductor with the state youth orchestras in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.
|Harold Arlen||DER ZAUBERER VON OZ|
|Claude Debussy||HOUSE OF USHER|
|Gaetano Donizetti||VIVA LA MAMMA|
|LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR|
|Stefan Johannes Hanke||DER TEUFEL MIT DEN DREI GOLDENEN HAAREN|
|OH, WIE SCHÖN IST PANAMA|
|Engelbert Humperdinck||HANSEL UND GRETEL|
|Emmerich Kálmán||GRÄFIN MARIZA|
|Erich WolfgangKorngold||DIE TOTE STADT|
|Eduard Künneke||DER VETTER AUS DINGSDA
|Franz Lehár||DIE LUSTIGE WITWE|
|Ruggero Leoncavallo||I PAGLIACCI|
|Frank Loesser||HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING|
|Frederick Loewe||MY FAIR LADY|
|Peitro Mascagni||CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||COSÌ FAN TUTTE|
|LA CLEMENZA DI TITO|
|LA FINTA GIARDINIERA|
|LE NOZZE DI FIGARO|
|Elisabeth Naske||DIE OMAMA IM APFELBAUM|
|Jacques Offenbach||LES CONTES D´HOFFMANN|
|ORPHEUS IN DER UNTERWELT|
|Cole Porter||KISS ME KATE|
|Sergei Prokofjew||THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES|
|Giacomo Puccini||LA BOHÈME|
||DIDO UND AENEAS|
|Sergej Rachmaninow||FRANCESCA DA RIMINI|
|Jean-Philippe Rameau||CASTOR ET POLLUX|
|Gioachino Rossini||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
|IL VIAGGIO A REIMS|
|LA CAMBIALE DI MATRIMONIO
|Dmitri Schostakowitsch||LADY MACBETH VON MZENSK|
|Bedrich Smetana||DIE VERKAUFTE BRAUT|
|Johann Strauß||DIE FLEDERMAUS|
|Arthur Sullivan||THE MIKADO|
|Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski||EUGEN ONEGIN|
|UN BALLO IN MASCHERA|
|Richard Wagner||DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER|
|DER RING AN EINEM ABEND|
|Carl Maria von Weber||DER FREISCHÜTZ|
|Kurt Weill||AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY|