Tilman Michael

Tilman Michael has been choir director at Oper Frankfurt since 2014. He previously held this position at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Under his direction, both choirs received the "Opera Choir of the Year" award from the magazine "Opernwelt" - most recently in 2023 for their performances in the new production of "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" and Handel's "Hercules". Tilman Michael was also nominated as "Conductor of the Year". He was engaged as second choir director at the Hamburg State Opera directly after completing his studies. He also worked as assistant to the choir director at the Bayreuth Festival for over ten years. Tilman Michael has made guest appearances at the opera houses in Amsterdam, Dresden, Munich, Moscow, Stuttgart and Vienna as well as with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the radio choirs of BR, MDR, NDR and WDR. He has also performed with various vocal ensembles in major concert halls and churches in 25 countries (Europe, Asia and South America). As a choir director, Tilman Michael has rehearsed over 150 different operas. But a cappella choral music, choral symphonic literature and new music (world premieres by Adriana Hölszky, Bernhard Lang, Olga Neuwirth and Salvatore Sciarrino) are also of great importance to him. Tilman Michael is a lecturer and juror at the Conductors' Forum (German Music Council). Last season, he appeared as a guest conductor at the Tyrolean Festival Erl (Bach's "Christmas Oratorio") as well as for choral rehearsals at the Bavarian State Opera ("Lohengrin"), in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus (Brahms' "Requiem") and with the WDR Choir at the Elbphilharmonie, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus Dortmund.