Omer Meir Wellber to Become Hamburg Staatsoper General Music Director and Chief Conductor

By Chris Ruel

Omer Meir Wellber will become Hamburg Staatsoper‘s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning with the 2025-26 season, and will succeed Kent Nagano.

Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media while introducing Wellber at City Hall, said, “With Omer Meir Wellber, we have been able to win an outstanding artistic personality for the cultural city of Hamburg.”

Wellber currently serves as Music Director of Volksoper Wein and will keep that position until 2027.

Related to Wellber’s appointment, Bettina Giese will join with a new team as opera director working with future opera director Tobias Kratzer.

Executive Director Ralf Klöter and Barbara Fasching will remain in their jobs as Executive Director and Orchestra Director, respectively.