Ulf Schirmer has been General Musical Director of Leipzig Opera since the 2009 /10 season. His appointment as General Director of Leipzig Opera added another dimension to the artistic collaboration of the two cultural institutes around Augustusplatz. Highlights of the recent past are the three early work of Richard Wagner’s in collaboration with the Bayreuther Festspielen (Bayreuth Festival), bf-Medien, the beginning of the scenic Ring as well as the new production of Richard Strauss’s The Woman Without a Shadow for the anniversary of the composer’s birthday in 2014. Ulf Schirmer has thus taken up the Romantic orchestra tradition of this unique musical ensemble.