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 Staatstheater 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 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 Angers Nantes Opéra, Cavalleria Rusticana/I 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 Tosca at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Sir Simon Rattle, La Bohème at Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre and Káťa Kabanová at the Opéra national de Lorraine.
Other conductors Mr Himmelmann has worked with include Fabio Luisi, Daniele Gatti, Marc Albrecht, Christian Thielemann, Ivan Fischer, Michael Boder, Marcello Viotti, Reinhard Goebel and Adam Fischer.
Philipp Himmelmann gives regular workshops at the Dresden College of Design, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and has recently been appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
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