Berlin State Opera Announces Conductor Change for ‘Elektra’

By Francisco Salazar

The Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden has announced a conductor change for “Elektra.”

The company announced that Daniel Barenboim will not conduct the production and Thomas Guggeis will replace him.

This is the latest cancelation by Barenboim following withdrawals in May due to the advice of his physician.

Back in May, the conductor’s team said, “Daniel Barenboim, has withdrawn from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s upcoming tour. Mr. Barenboim was recently diagnosed with an inflammatory vascular disease and has been undergoing inpatient treatment for the past two weeks. He is expected to make a full recovery. The WEDO tour will continue with rising conductor Thomas Guggeis (Thomas Guggeis – Conductor), a former assistant to Mr. Barenboim, slated to be the next General Music Director of Frankfurt Opera.”

Guggeis is a rising star who has conducted at the Wiener Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Staatsoper Stuttgart. 

“Elektra” will open on June 6 and will run through June 24, 2022. The production will star Waltraud Meier, Ricarda Merbeth, Vida Miknevičiūtė, Gerhard Siegel, and René Pape.