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Roland Kluttig has been chief conductor of the Graz Opera and the Graz Philharmonic since the 2020 season.


After he had successfully directed new productions of Paul Duka's "Ariane et Barbe Bleu" and Karol Szymanowski's "Król Roger" at this house in previous years, the 20/21 season began with a production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera "The Passenger". will also appear on CD and DVD next autumn. He opened the 2021/22 season at the Graz Opera with a concert that combined Strauss's "Alpine Symphony" with Georg Friedrich Haas concerto grosso for 4 alphorns. He will conduct new productions of his opera “Morgen und Abend” as the Austrian premiere and Wagner’s “Der flende Holländer” as well as concerts in Graz’s Stefaniensaal and the Konzerthaus Wien with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra.  


After stepping in at the Salzburg Festival in 2021 with a performance of Morton Feldman's opera "Neither" and the RSO Vienna, the FAZ wrote "Roland Kluttig, one of the few conductors in the world who can perform the latest music as well as Beethoven, Wagner or Sibelius".

From 2010 to 2020, Kluttig was general music director at the Landestheater Coburg, where he made headlines in particular with his conducting of "Lohengrin" and "Parsifal", inspired the audience with new concert formats and was named conductor of the year for his conducting of Beethoven's "Fidelio". annual survey of the "Opernwelt" was nominated.

Roland Kluttig also directed the new productions of "Salome" directed by Kirill Serebrennikow and "Le nozze di Figaro" at the Stuttgart State Opera - a house where he was engaged as Kapellmeister and assistant conductor from 2000 to 2004 and has been a regular guest since 2012. He also conducted at the Hamburg State Opera ("Die tote Stadt") and directs new productions at the Frankfurt Opera ("Euryanthe"), the Opera du Rhin Strasbourg (a Kurt Weill evening), the Leipzig Opera ("Die Liebe zu Drei Oranges") and the Swedish Norrlandsoperan ("Peter Grimes" and "Wozzeck").

In the concert field, he has performed with a repertoire ranging from Rameau to Lachenmann with orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Helsinki Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, Seoul Philharmonic or the Orchester Philharmonique de Luxembourg.

His discography includes recordings of Schönberg's "Moses and Aron" with the Stuttgart State Opera or works by lesser played composers who are very close to his heart, such as Erwin Schulhoff with the DSO Berlin and Silvestre Revueltas with the KNM Berlin, whose musical director he is in the 90s was. Kluttig studied in Dresden, attended master classes with conductors such as Peter Eötvös and John Eliot Gardiner and was supported by the conductors' forum of the German Music Council, the Akademie Schloß Solitude and the Herbert von Karajan Foundation.

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