Assistant First Concertmaster
Thomas Krause Principal, Henrike Borck, Hans-Günther Brocke, Hildegund Fröba, Kristin Hampel, Christiane Kiesling, Ingolf Schauer
Holger Engelhardt Principal, Angelika Speth Assistant Principal, Eva Heinig, Frank Endres, Peggy Mühlmann, Dmitriy Rutter
Karen Rösch Principal, Stefan Czernetzki Assistant Principal, Annegret Meder, Juraj Migas, Yesim Alan
Stephan Wünsch Principal, Hans Blüthgen Assistant Principal, Andrea Lászlo, Christiane Lauer
Tilman Schmidt Principal, Sergio Glaser Assistant Principal, Norbert Stark
Thomas Reimann Principal, Verena Robertz
Norbert Kaschel Principal, Sven Clement
Marko Drechsel Principal, Henriette Störel Assistant Principal, Stefan Schwarz
Teodor Naumov Principal, Wieland Rucker
Martin Lukas Principal, Stefan Markwart, Bernd Kademann, Danny Tielens
Michael Schlabes Principal, Torsten Rösch Assistant Principal, Ralph Schäfer
Stefan Gruner Principal, Gero Schmidt, Hendrik Reichardt
Frank Babe Principal Timpani, René Scipio Principal Percussion
Angelika Schauer Principal
Assistant Orchestra Inspector
Christiane Lauer Head, Michael Schlabes, Annegret Meder Deputy Head
“To make music with you isn’t just an honor, it is a great pleasure!”
said Robert Stolz (1880-1975), one of the many renowned guest
conductors the Orchestra has had the honor and pleasure of working
with in its history.
The Orchestra of the Musikalische Komödie has been making music for over 100 years, and is the second-oldest orchestra in Leipzig (the Gewandhaus Orchestra is the oldest).
Under its principal conductors, the Orchestra has become internationally known for its stylistic musical performances, ranging from operetta of every kind to musicals and light opera. Roland Seiffarth has conducted at the Dreilinden House since 1967. He was named Music Director and Principal Conductor in 1978, a position he held until 2007, when he was made the Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. From 2007-2015, Stefan Diederich was Principal Conductor of the Muskalische Komödie, during which time the Orchestra saw numerous invitations to guest nationwide in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They appeared at the Philharmonies in Cologne and Essen, Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt Open Air concerts, Dortumund’s Konzerthaus, the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus in Friedrichshafen, the Konzerttheater in Coesfeld, and Aschaffenburg.
In recent years, the Orchestra has taken steps to nurture tomorrow’s music makers. Together with the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council), the Orchestra has participated in an annual Operetta Workshop, where young conductors take their place at the head of the Orchestra. In addition, the Orchestra works closely with the conducting students at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.”
With the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Stefan Klingele began a five-year appointment as Principal Conductor of the Musikalische Komödie. But he’d already made a name for himself in Leipzig, musically directing a production of One Touch of Venus at the Opera House and the ballet Romeo and Juliet at the Musikalische Komödie. Klingele regularly guests at the opera houses in Stockholm, Dresden, and Hanover. His background as an opera and concert conductor allows him to bring different perspectives and insights to his work with the Orchestra and together, they’re reinterpreting classic operetta and musical.