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During his tenure as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (2017-2019) German conductor Nikolas Nägele conducted numerous shows as “Die Fledermaus”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, “Carmen”, “La Traviata” and various concerts. 

The season 2021-2022 started with outstanding concerts in Cagliari where Nikolas performed Symphony #4 by Anton Bruckner, following his brilliant debut at Teatro Verdi in Trieste with “Tod und Verklärung” by R.Strauss, “Psalm no. 13” by A. v. Zemlinsky and cello concert (in B minor)  by Dvořák (Soloist -  Misha Maisky). After the New Year Concert in Athens Nikolas returned to Teatro Filarmonico in Verona with a new production of Rossini’s “La scala di seta” following Salieri’s “La scuola de’ gelosi” at Teatro Regio in Turin and Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” at Oper Leipzig with the Gewandhausorchestra.

The highlights of the 2019/2020 – 2020/2021 seasons include a reinvitation to Deutsche Oper Berlin with Verdi’s “Un ballo in Maschera”, collaboration with Pier Luigi Pizzi for Cimarosa’s ”Il matrimonio segreto” at Teatro Regio in Turin, “Barbiere di Siviglia” by Rossini at Teatro Municipale di Piacenza as well as symphonic concerts at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Palace of Arts in Budapest and Teatro Filarmonico in Verona as well as his house debut at Opernhaus Zürich with “L’elisir d’amore” by Donizetti.

In summer 2021 Nikolas returned to Bayreuth Festival where he worked alongside Pietari Inkinen on the new Ring-production and participated in Ravello Musical Festival conducting Juan Diego Florez Gala.

Upcoming events include “Die Fledermaus” in Teatro Verdi in Trieste (July 2022), symphonic concerts in Trieste (September 2022), Cagliari (October 2022) and Budapest (2023). 

Nikolas made his company debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2017 as musical assistant to Christian Thielemann for the production of  “Die Walküre”. In summer 2017 Nikolas had his Italian debut at the Martina Franca Musical Festival performing Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”. He continued his collaboration with Christian Thielemann next year at the Bayreuther Festspiele (2018) assisting him for “Tristan und Isolde“. 


A prize winner of the prestigious “2013 Aspen Festival Conducting Prize” and “2012 James Conlon Conducting Prize”, he worked as assistant conductor at the Aspen Music Festival, close to his mentor Robert Spano and conducted also a subscription concert in 2014.

Born in Radolfzell am Bodensee (Germany), Nikolas Nägele graduated in conducting, piano and clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and Leipzig.




© Juliane Naumann
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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

Thank you!

Melos Opera S.r.l.

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

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