Gabriel Venzago

Gabriel Venzago

Chief Conductor

Gabriel Venzago has been First Kapellmeister at the Landestheater Salzburg since the 2019/20 season. He attracted attention through the musical direction of the opera Zaide. A Flight, which received a great media echo due to the integrative process with refugees. The takeover of a performance of a newly produced Idomeneo at the Bavarian State Opera during the Opera Festival in July 2021 generated a great echo. In the current 2021/22 season, Gabriel Venzago will direct productions of Mozart's Magic Flute and Bizet's Carmen at the Salzburg Landestheater. He has previously held the musical direction of the opera Cinderella by the celebrated British composer Alma Deutscher, as well as Paul Abraham's Flower of Hawaii. Guest conducting engagements this season include the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, with whom he will appear in guest performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. At the Staatstheater Nuremberg he conducted performances of a new production of Rosenkavalier. As a guest conductor, Gabriel Venzago has already worked with the Darmstadt State Orchestra, the Jena Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Württemberg Philharmonic Reutlingen. Gabriel Venzago first began his career as a répétiteur, conductor and assistant to General Music Director Florian Ziemen at the Theater für Niedersachsen Hildesheim, then moved to the Mecklenburg State Theater Schwerin as Kapellmeister. Here he was responsible, among other things, for the new productions of Neues vom Tage by Paul Hindemith. In addition, he conducted symphonic concerts and took over various post-production conducting duties for all current productions. The conductor, who was born in Heidelberg, studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. While still a student, he participated as a répétiteur and musical assistant at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, became a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Bank Foundation "Akademie Musiktheater heute" and conducted his first opera performances at the Wilhelma Theater in Stuttgart. Since 2017, he has been supported by the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council in the "Maestros of Tomorrow" program.