Michael Boder took up his current position as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Royal Danish Theatre and Orchestra in September 2012, as a result of several highly successful guest productions there, notably of Die Frau ohne Schatten. Prior to this he was Musical Director of the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona 2008-2012. Among many highlights during his tenure there, in 2012 he was honoured with the Spanish critics’ award for Le Grand Macabre, and a Grammy nomination for Lulu.
Recent highlights include Ariadne auf Naxos at the Wiener Staatsoper, The Rake’s Progress and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Theater an der Wien, new productions of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Peter Eötvös’ Tri Sestri at Opernhaus Zurich and Le Grand Macabre at La Monnaie. In the 2015/16 season Boder conducts Der Rosenkavalier and Lulu at the Royal Danish Opera, Lohengrin at Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie and Hindemith’s Cardillac at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Boder studied at Hamburg Conservatoire and in Florence, and went on to be Michael Gielen’s assistant at Oper Frankfurt. At the age of 29, he was appointed General Music Director of the Basler Theater, where he conducted a great number of productions, including a cycle of Mozart’s da Ponte operas directed by Herbert Wernicke. In the same period, he also conducted at the opera houses in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Zurich and London, focussing on repertoire by Verdi and Puccini. In 1996, Michael Boder gave his début at the Wiener Staatsoper with a revival of Berg’s Wozzeck. This was followed by performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten, Elektra and Die Meistersinger; new productions of Lulu‚ Jakobsleiter and Gianni Schichi; and world premieres of Der Riese vom Steinfeld by Friedrich Cerha and Medea by Reimann, all at the Wiener Staatsoper.
During this period, Boder conducted a large number of new productions, including Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Semperoper Dresden (where he also conducted Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten); Lulu at the Nationaltheater in Munich; Fidelio and Der fliegende Holländer at the National Theatre in Tokyo; Wozzeck, Der fliegende Holländer and Wagner’s Ring cycle in San Francisco; Aus einem Totenhaus in Cologne; and Chowantschina, Salome, Parsifal and Le Grand Macabre in Barcelona. In 2009, he conducted Willy Decker’s new production of Moses and Aaron at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum.
Alongside repertoire by the Second Viennese School and by Strauss and Wagner, Boder is greatly involved in contemporary opera. He has conducted a large number of world premières, including Das Schloss by Aribert Reimann (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Ubu Rex by Christof Penderecki and Was Ihr wollt by Manfred Trohjahn (Nationaltheater Munich), Faust by Lombardi (Theater Basel), Der Riese vom Steinfeld by Cerha (Staatsoper Wien), Phaedra by Henze, and Faustus – the last night by Dusapin (Staatsoper Berlin unter den Linden).
Michael Boder is also a well established orchestral conductor. He works regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Königlichen Kapelle Kopenhagen, Gulbenkian, Ensemble Modern, Vienna Radio Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Saitokinen Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony orchestras.