Conductors and Assistant to the Music Director
© Andreas Endermann
Ralf Lange first studied horn with Marie-Luise Neunecker at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. He then studied conducting there with Bernhard Kontarsky and Jirí Stárek and piano with Joachim Volkmann. He also took part in master classes with Hans Graf, David Epstein and Colin Davis. He received his first engagement as solo répétiteur at the Frankfurt Opera, then moved to the Dortmund Theatre as Kapellmeister, where he conducted numerous premieres and evening performances, including Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", "Don Giovanni", "The Magic Flute", Bizet's "Carmen", Verdi's "Nabucco", "Il trovatore" and "La traviata", Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore" and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake" as well as Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet". Since 2009 Ralf Lange has been Kapellmeister and personal assistant to GMD Axel Kober at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Here he has taken over the musical direction of a wide variety of works at both houses of the theatre community, for example "Hansel and Gretel" (Humperdinck), "Peter Grimes" (Britten), "Rigoletto" (Verdi), "Dialogues des Carmélites" (Poulenc), "Così fan tutte" (Mozart), "Mazel Tov! (Weinberg), "Duke Bluebeard's Castle" (Bartók), "Master Pedro's Puppet Show" (de Falla) and Jörg Widmann's "Das Gesicht im Spiegel". As assistant to the General Music Director, he coordinates Axel Kober's productions comprehensively, most notably the work on the new production of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen", Berg's "Wozzeck" as well as R. Strauss' "Rosenkavalier" and "Elektra". Guest engagements have taken him to the Lübeck Theatre (Peter Maxwell Davies' "The Lighthouse" and Othmar Schoeck's "Vom Fischer un syner Fru"), to the Teatro Real in Madrid ("Die Entführung aus dem Serail"), repeatedly to the Vienna Volksoper and for a concert tour to the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música.