Philipp Himmelmann studied singing and music-theatre direction at Hamburg University of Music and Drama, graduating with distinction, and singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
Between 1992 and 1995 he was Associate Director at Lucerne Theatre, and between 1996 and 1998 senior director at the State Theatre in Saarbrücken.
His most recent productions include Boito’s Mefistofele at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, L'elisir d'amore at the Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen, Die Fledermaus at Theater an der Wien and in Nancy, Cosi fan tutt’ and Le Nozze di Figaro, both with Teodor Currentzis, at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and in Perm, ‘Don Giovanni’ in Baden-Baden with Thomas Hengelbrock, Der Zwerg and Die tote Stadt for L'Opéra national de Lorraine and Nantes Angers Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci in Hannover, Aida and Giulio Cesare for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Don Carlos at the Berlin State Opera with Massimo Zanetti, Hindemith’s Cardillac and Verdi’s Macbeth at Dresden Semperoper, Manon Lescaut for Hamburg State Opera with Marco Armiliato, Dido and Aeneas at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia and Tosca at the Bregenz Festival with Ulf Schirmer.
Upcoming productions include a.o. include Tosca at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and with conductor Sir Simon Rattle, La Bohème at Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre as well as Káťa Kabanová at the Opéra national de Lorraine...
Other conductors he has worked with include Michael Boder, Adam Fischer, Marcello Viotti, Fabio Luisi, Daniele Gatti, Marc Albrecht, Christian Thielemann, Reinhard Goebel and Ivan Fischer.
Philipp Himmelmann gives regular workshops at Dresden College of Design, the Hans-Eisler University of Music in Berlin and has recently been appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
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