Michael Zlabinger / Vita
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With his debut at the Teatro Real Madrid in May 2018 with Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Die Soldaten, Michael Zlabinger has become the youngest conductor in the performance history of this 20th century masterpiece, having assisted at previous productions at the Salzburg Festival (2012), Zurich Opera House (2013) and Teatro alla Scala di Milano (2015). This milestone in his career continues his constant preocupation with the opera of the 20th century, which has already been reflected in his work on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Vienna State Opera (2015), Salome at the Teatro Carlo Felice (2016) and Elektra at the opening of the new opera house in Athens (2017).
After his first engagement at the Zurich Opera House as musical assistant to Christoph von Dohnányi for the new production of Schönberg's Moses und Aron (2011), Michael Zlabinger successfully stood in for the premiere of Marius Felix Lange's opera Das Gespenst von Canterville in November 2013 and subsequently conducted the ballet evening Notations, the adventure opera Robin Hood by Frank Schwemmer and the ballet Woyzeck (choreography: Christian Spuck). In April 2015, he made his debut with Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at the Daegu Opera House in South Korea, which led to a re-invitation two years to conduct Mozart's Così fan tutte.