Staatsoper Stuttgart Extends Music Director Contract

By Francisco Salazar

Cornelius Meister ⁩ has extended his contract as General Music Director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

Meister has been General Music Director of the Württemberg State Theater since the 2018-19 season and is set to continue with the company through 2026.

As Music Director Meister has conducted new productions of Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and Hans Werner Henze’s “Der Prinz von Homburg,” which was released on DVD, as well as the premieres of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlos” and Pietro Mascagni’s/Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Cavalleria Rusticana/Luci mie traditrici.”

He recently directed the first two parts of the new Stuttgart “Ring des Nibelungen.”

As the Music Director, he has also increased the position of the Stuttgart State Orchestra as a concert orchestra with Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, and Mahler cycles. He has also created chamber music concerts and numerous formats have been created since 2018.

In a statement, Meister said, “My family and I feel very comfortable here. I look forward to many more happy hours with the wonderful State Orchestra, the wonderful State Opera Chorus, and the wonderful ensemble, and to serving the State Opera Stuttgart and its unique audience in the years to come.”