Ivo Hentschel

Ivo Hentschel is Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin for the 2017/2018 season. Here, he’ll be directing works such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Don Giovanni, Offenbach's La Belle Hélène as well as the world premiere of the children’s opera The Town Musicians of Bremen by Atilla Kadri Şendil.

Ivo Hentschel grew up near Stuttgart. He studied clarinet and conducting at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim under Prof Michael Hauber, Prof Klaus Eisenmann and Prof Georg Grün, graduating in 2007. His artistic development has been fostered by artists such as Peter Gülke, Gunter Kahlert, Kurt Masur, Colin Metters, Jorma Panula, Jac van Steen and Thomas Ungar.

His first professional engagements saw him working as a conductor and répétiteur at the Junges Musiktheater Hamburg, the Schlossfestispiele Zwingenberg, and from 2007 to 2013, at Theater Heidelberg, where he also conducted baroque operas and operas by Adams and Henze. He was assistant to Klauspeter Seibel at the Bundesjugendorchester. In 2013, he attained a position as First Kapellmeister and Deputy Musical Director at the Theater Hof. From 2014 to 2017 he was First Kapellmeister and assistant to the General Musical Director at the Staatstheater Cottbus, where he conducted the entire, diverse repertoire, ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti, to Offenbach, Weill and Kálmán, through to musicals and philharmonic concerts.

In addition to concerto conducting engagements right across Germany, international invitations have taken him to the Orquesta Filarmónica in Montivideo, Uruguay, and to the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv. He has made concert recordings and CD releases for Norddeutsche Rundfunk and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and with the Komische Oper Berlin.

Ivo Hentschel was a prize-winner at the German Conductors’ Award 2013, winner of the international Jorma Paula Conducting Competition 2006, and from 2005 to 2013, a fellow of the German Music Council, and included in the list “Maestros of Tomorrow”. Last but not least, in 2011, he was awarded the prize of the Freundes­kreises am Theater Heidelberg for his theatre education and outreach work.