Music Director

Sebastian Lang-Lessing

Among the most versatile and seasoned musicians of his generation, German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing is a sought-after guest at the most prestigious symphony halls and opera houses worldwide. Currently in his seventh season as Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Lang-Lessing’s previous posts have included Resident Conductor at the Hamburg State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Opera National de Lorraine, the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lang-Lessing’s 2016–17 season sees his return to the Seattle Opera for performances of Hänsel und Gretel in October, followed by his debut with the Royal Danish Opera for Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. He opens the San Antonio Symphony season in September with Orff’s Carmina Burana, and returns to San Antonio throughout the season for performances with notable guest soloists including Garrick Ohlsson and Stewart Copeland. He returns to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria for concerts in May.

Recent symphonic engagements include the Calgary Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Grand Teton Music Festival. International engagements include the Dortmund Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, Bilkent Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and a tour to the Royal Opera House Muscat with the Teatro San Carlo. Previous notable engagements have included the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Toulouse, Orchestre de Bordeaux, and Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon.

Equally at home in the opera theater, Mr. Lang-Lessing’s recent appearances have included Der Rosenkavalier with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Salome with the San Antonio Opera, Die Tote Stadt with the Dallas Opera, the International Wagner Competition with the Seattle Opera, and a critically acclaimed Rienzi with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Mr. Lang-Lessing returned to the San Antonio Opera in a production of Madam Butterfly last fall, and the Seattle Opera for Der fliegende Holländer last spring. Other notable operatic engagements have included the Paris Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Bordeaux Opera, and Hamburg State Opera. Mr. Lang-Lessing enjoys a close relationship with the Cape Town Opera, leading the company both in their home in South Africa and on tour.

In 2013, Mr. Lang-Lessing led the Philharmonia Orchestra for Renée Fleming’s new album “Guilty Pleasures,” released on Decca. Other notable recordings have included the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn and Schumann with the Tasmanian Symphony, and the works of Joseph-Guy Ropartz with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing holds the Tobin Endowment Music Director Chair.