Oper Leipzig Names First Kapellmeister

By Francisco Salazar

Oper Leipzig has named conductor Yura Yang its First Kapellmeister, beginning during the 2024-25 season. 

She is currently the First Coordinated Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. 

Yang studied at the Detmold University of Music and the University of Music and Theatre Munich. From 2012 to 2018, she was engaged as solo répétiteur with conducting duties at the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, and during the 2014-15 season, she was awarded a conducting scholarship by the Bergische Symphoniker.

In 2016, Yang was included in the Conductors’ Forum of the German Music Council. She has also guest conducted at the Semperoper Dresden, the Brucknerhaus Linz, and the Aalto-Theater Essen.

Throughout her career, she has conducted such operas as Zad Moultaka’s children’s opera “King Hamed and Princess Sherifa,” Jerry Bock’s “Anatevka,” “The Magic Flute,” “Don Giovanni,” and “L’Elisir d’Amore.”