Frank Beermann

Frank Beermann (born 13 March 1965) is a German conductor. He was Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) at the Chemnitz Opera for several years, and has worked freelance at international opera houses from 2012. He has conducted premieres and recordings of rarely performed operas and orchestral works.

Frank Beermann
The Chemnitz Opera House, where Beermann was GMD from 2007 to 2012
Born (1965-03-13) 13 March 1965
EducationHochschule für Musik Detmold
OrganizationTheater Chemnitz


Beermann was born in Hagen, Westphalia, Germany. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. He was Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Darmstadt and the Theater Freiburg.[1] From 1997 to 2002 he had a Residenzvertrag with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and conducted opera at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Royal Opera Stockholm, the Bonn Opera and the Opéra de Marseille.

Chemnitz Opera

Beermann became in 2007 Generalmusikdirektor of the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie in Chemnitz. At the Chemnitz Opera, Beermann conducted several rarely performed works. Love and Other Demons by Peter Eötvös received its German premiere in the 2008/09 season. The following season brought Franz Schreker's Der Schmied von Gent.[2]

In 2013/14, Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre was staged by Walter Sutcliffe with a set by Georg Baselitz. Beermann left the opera house after the 2015/2016 season to work as a freelance conductor.[3]

Concerts and recordings

Beginning in 2002, Beermann has been the conductor in productions of stage works by Richard Wagner, an ongoing project of the Stadttheater Minden, with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. He conducted in 2002 Der fliegende Holländer, in 2005 Tannhäuser, in 2009 Lohengrin, in 2012 Tristan und Isolde,[4] in 2015 Das Rheingold, and in 2016 Die Walküre.

In 2006, Beermann conducted Mozart's piano concertos with Matthias Kirschnereit and the Bamberger Symphoniker.[5] He conducted and recorded in Chemnitz, again with Kirschnereit, all piano concertos by Felix Mendelssohn, including the first recording of the reconstructed concerto in E minor.[6] The recording was awarded an ECHO Klassik prize in 2009.[7] He recorded several works by Robert Schumann with the orchestra named after him,[8] including all symphonies including the rarely performed Zwickauer Sinfonie, and all works for violin and orchestra with soloist Ulf Wallin.[9] He dedicated a CD to the work of Hermann Hans Wetzler, and completed recordings of symphonies by Emil von Reznicek by the third and the fourth.[10]

He conducted premieres by Torsten Rasch, in 2011 Wouivres – Four pieces of orchestra and in 2013 Das Haus der Temperamente. In 2013 he also conducted the first performance in Germany and the first recording of Bruno Maderna's Requiem for soloists, choir and orchester.[11][12]


Recordings by Beermann are held by the German National Library:[13]


Opera, operetta, vocal

  • Franz Lehár: Die blaue Mazur; Johanna Stojkovich, Julia Bauer, Johan Weigel, Jan Kobow, Hans Christoph Begemann, Kammerchor der Singakademie Frankfurt, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder), cpo, 2007.
  • Bruno Maderna: Requiem; Diana Tomsche, Kathrin Göring, Bernhard Berchtold, Renatus Mészár, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, Capriccio, 2013.
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer: Vasco de Gama, Bernard Berchtold, Claudia Sorokina, Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Guibee Yang, Kouta Räsänen, Rolf Broman, Chor der Oper Chemnitz, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, cpo, 2014.
  • Nicolai: Die Heimkehr des Verbannten; Julia Bauer, Hans Christoph Begemann, Bernhard Bechtold, Tiina Penttinen, Chor der Oper Chemnitz, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, cpo, 2016.
  • Nicolai: Il templario; Kouta Räsänen, Stanley Jackson, Judith Kuhn, Andreas Kindschuh, Hans Christoph Begemann, André Riemer, Tiina Penttinen, Chor der Oper Chemnitz, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, cpo, 2009.
  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut; Astrid Weber, Heiko Trinsinger, Zurab Zurabishvili, Kouta Räsänen, Edward Randall, Martin Gäbler, Tiina Penttinen, Jürgen Mutze, Matthias Winter, Arthaus Musik, 2008.
  • Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent; Oliver Zwarg, Undine Dreißig, André Riemer, Edward Randall, Martin Gäbler, Judith Kuhn, Viktor Sawaley, Chor der Oper Chemnitz, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, cpo, 2012.
  • Richard Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau; Franz Hawlata, Monika Straube, Andreas Kindschuh, Bernard Berchtold, Julia Bauer, Guibee Yang, Tiina Penttinen, Matthias Winter, Kouta Räsänen, Martin Gäbler, Chor der Oper Chemnitz, Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie, cpo, 2013.


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