Young German conductor Nikolas Nägele has worked as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2017, where he leads productions of Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, and La traviata. Important debuts of the 2018/19 season included new productions of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at the Auditorio de Tenerife and the Teatro Communale di Bologna, as well as Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Highlights of the 2019/20 season include Un ballo in maschera at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Il matrimonio segreto at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Carmen at the Festival Alejandro Granda in Lima, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Municipale di Piacenza as well as symphonic concerts at the Teatro Petruzzeli di Bari and the Teatro Filharmonico di Verona.


Nikolas made his company debut at the 2017 Salzburg Easter Festival as musical assistant to Christian Thielemann for his production of Die Walküre and at the 2018 Bayreuth Festival as Thielemann’s assistant for Tristan und Isolde. In July 2017, he made his debut at the Festival della Valle d’Itria di Martina Franca, conducting Gianni Schicchi. In 2015, he was guest conductor for the production of Hänsel und Gretel at the Staatsoper Hannover.


A prize winner of the prestigious 2013 Aspen Festival Conducting Prize and the 2012 James Conlon Conducting Prize, Nikolas served as assistant conductor to his mentor Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival, where he made his US debut in 2014. Furthermore he was a finalist in the 2nd International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.





© Juliane Naumann

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Musik war immer ein wichtiges Thema zu Hause

Nikolas talks to Marina Kumperschmid from the Südkurier about his life in music and what brought him to bring his work to the Deutsche Oper Berlin.



  • La Cenerentola ( streaming ), Teatro Comunale Bologna
    Bologna Municipal Theater
    02. Mai, 20:30
    Bologna Municipal Theater, Largo Respighi, 1, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
    G. Rossini La Cenerentola

Past Performances

24 AUG 2018 - 16 MAY 2019
Die Zauberflöte at Deutsche Oper Berlin

31 AUG 2018 - 02 JAN 2019
Il barbiere di Siviglia at Deutsche Oper Berlin

13 - 21 SEP 2018   
La Traviata at Deutsche Oper Berlin

18 - 24 NOV 2018 
Die Fledermaus at Deutsche Oper Berlin

17 JAN 2019   
Symphonic Concert with Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto

28 JAN - 06 FEB 2019  
Die Walküre Assistant Conductor for Bayreuther Festspiele in Abu Dhabi 

9 APR - 9 MAY 2019    
Lear Assistant Conductor at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 

24 NOV - 03 DEC 2019 

Un ballo in maschera at Deutsche Oper Berlin

15 - 24 JAN 2020

Il matrimonio segreto at Teatro Regio di Torino

 18 - 24 Mar 2020

Cancelled due to Covid 19 La Cenerentola at Teatro Comunale di Bologna

31 Mar 2020

Cancelled due to Covid 19 Symphonic concert at Teatro Petruzzelli Bari 

Contact Nikolas

Melos Opera S.r.l.

Speranza, 5 – 40068
San Lazzaro di Savena (Bo) – Italia
+39 051 455 395