Since summer 2017 Dirk Kaftan has been General Music Director of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the Bonn Opera. In addition to numerous concerts during the 2020 / 2021 season he will conduct Hänsel and Gretel and Meyerbeer’s rarely performed Feldlager in Schlesien. He continues successful series that have brought him together with artists such as Matthias Brandt and Rafik Schami and looks forward to to future projects with Lucienne Renaudin, Martin Grubinger and Fazıl Say. He is the initiator and driving force behind a whole string of projects commemorating the city’s most famous son during the Beethoven Anniversary Year.
Dirk Kaftan’s repertoire is a broad one and ranges from rapturously received performances of Beethoven’s symphonies to Nono’s Intolleranza 1960, Lustige Witwe, as well as various intercultural projects. Dirk Kaftan is a welcome guest at the world’s renowned concert halls, with recent highlights that include performances with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Ensemble Modern and a much-acclaimed rendition of Tristan at the Hannover State Opera House. He has been responsible for productions at the Vienna Volksoper and the Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen, and has also conducted a series of performances in Berlin and Dresden. In 2016, he conducted Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise at the Bregenz Festival.
While rejoicing in his various guest appearances, Dirk Kaftan’s work on his own stage always remains the focus of his commitments. The care for his own ensemble, orchestra and choir is a trait that musicians and colleagues alike appreciate in him. This work ethic, borne of the Kapellmeister tradition has accompanied him since his very first appointments, but also in his posts as General Music Director in Augsburg and Graz. His work is highly cherished by audiences and critics alike, and his most recent CD production of Beethoven’s Egmont, his first with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, received rave reviews and has been awarded to the OPAS KLASSIK in 2020. His earlier productions in Graz and Augsburg included, among others, Der ferne Klang, Jenufa and Die griechische Passion.
His credos of “approaching people” and “joining forces” are reflected in the work of the Bonn General Music Director, be it in his interactions with musicians or the audience. In the eyes of Dirk Kaftan, music is an essential part of life: it is an invitation to think and become involved.