Mark Rohde

The Hamburg native Mark Rohde has been the General Music Director of the Mecklenburg State Theatre Schwerin and the Mecklenburg State Orchestra since 2020. He places a strong emphasis on the sonic development of the traditional ensemble. The program includes not only major romantic orchestral literature but also works of classical modernism. Recently, Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” and Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” were on the opera’s schedule. In April 2022, the first CD of Mark Rohde and the Mecklenburg State Orchestra featuring works by composer Emilie Mayer was released on the Dabringhaus and Grimm label.
After studying violin in Frankfurt and conducting with Prof. Christof Prick in Hamburg, he began his career as a répétiteur and conductor. In 2011, he became the first Kapellmeister at the Hanover State Opera. His repertoire there included not only major Italian operas but also late Romantic and contemporary works. He worked there with singers such as Thomas Hampson, Neil Shicoff, and Bryn Terfel. In 2019, he moved to the National Theatre Mannheim as the Deputy General Music Director.
In June 2023, he conducted the premiere of “Giselle” at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He has conducted, among others, the Munich Philharmonic, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. He regularly performs with soloists such as Antje Weithaas, Nils Mönkemeyer, or Maximilian Hornung. Guest performances have taken him to the Nuremberg State Theatre, the Bonn Opera, the Kassel State Theatre, the St. Gallen Theatre, and the Linz Theatre, among others. Several tours have taken him to Asia.
Mark Rohde is also dedicated to contemporary music. He has been a guest at the Munich Biennale several times and has conducted premieres by composers such as Jörg Widmann, Giorgio Battistelli, Peter Michael Hamel, or Klaus Lang.