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 engagements include La Bohème at Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Festpielhaus Baden-Baden, Káťa Kabanová at the Opéra national de Lorraine, Simon Boccanegra at the Opéra de Dijon, Boito’s Mefistofele and Tosca 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 tutte 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 Berlin State Opera with Massimo Zanetti, Hindemith’s Cardillac and Verdi’s Macbeth at Semperoper Dresden, 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.
Forthcoming productions include Simon Boccanegra at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Die tote Stadt for the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Pique Dame at the Aalto Theater Essen.
Conductors he has worked with include Simon Rattle, Teodor Currentzis, 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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