Theater Freiburg Announces New General Music Director

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marco Borggreve)

The Theater Freiburg in Germany has appointed André de Ridder as its new General Music Director.

The appointment will begin during the 2022-23 season with Ridder following Fabrice Bollon, whose contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Ridder was recommended by the Finding Commission from 150 applicants after an extensive selection process.

With Theater Freiburg the conductor will continue to expand the company’s classic and contemporary repertoire and will continue to brign Mozart and Handel works as well Janáček’s operas.

The German conductor has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Finnish National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Irish National Opera, and Den Jyske Opera, among others. He is well known for his extensive repertoire and has recorded the works of Max Richter on Deutsche Grammophon.