Patrick Furrer

Patrick Furrer

Born and educated in Switzerland, Patrick Furrer studied piano in Zurich (conservatory) and conducting in Bern and Vienna (University of Music and Performing Arts, with Leopold Hager). Further, he studied at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. After leading a local youth orchestra and several choirs in Switzerland, Patrick Furrer started his professional career in the 1997/98 season at the Basel Opera (Theater Basel, Switzerland), where he was engaged as a répétiteur and conductor.

There he worked on productions like: “Elektra”, “Turandot”, “Otello”, “The Marriage of Figaro”, “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, “Satyricon” (Bruno Maderna), “die Soldaten” (Bernd Alois Zimmermann), “Cornet” (Frank Martin) and “Jenufa” (Janacek).

After that he went – as 1. Kapellmeister (opera conductor) – to the Innsbruck Opera (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Austria). There he conducted the premières of “Hansel and Gretel”, “Jonny spielt auf” (Krenek), “Un ballo in maschera”, “Romeo and Juliet” (Prokofiev), “The merry wives of Windsor” and conducted also numerous performances of other productions, including “Cosi fan tutte”, “Otello”, “The Magic Flute” or “Werther” (Massenet). As a guest conductor, Patrick Furrer has led new productions at different opera houses, for example: “Elisir d’Amore” at the Volksoper Vienna, “Don Giovanni” at the Lucerne Opera (Luzerner Theater), “Rigoletto” at the St. Gallen Opera (Stadttheater St. Gallen). He conducted as well performances at the opera houses of Mannheim, Germany, (“Un ballo in maschera”, “Magic Flute”) and Nürnberg, Germany, (“Hansel and Gretel”). He worked on more than 30 different new opera-productions, which he conducted in roughly 150 performances. Patrick Furrer conducted the opening ceremony of the Swiss National Exposition (Expo.02).


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