Patrik Ringborg


Patrik Ringborg is one of Sweden's most prolific and internationally sought-after conductors with a vast concert repertory. Additionally, he has conducted well over 80 operas, specialising in particular in the music of Wagner and Strauss.

Patrik Ringborg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and studied there at the Royal College of Music from 1983 to 1987. He completed his studies with Strauss-scholar Kurt Bendix. From 1989 he worked as a répétiteur at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, assisting the Music Director and conducting performances in the Royal Opera House. He also assisted the Music Directors at the Semperoper in Dresden and with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. In 1993 he first conducted performances in the Royal Opera House.

From then onwards, Germany became his most important country of work, beginning as staff director at Theater Freiburg. In 1997 he led a much-acclaimed concert performance of Salome with Terje Stensvold and Robert Tear and was promoted to Deputy Music Director. From the same year and until 2003 Patrik Ringborg conducted at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, where he was appointed Principal Conductor in 1999 and in addition to symphony concerts performed over 20 operas. He also was the Artistic Director of the German Kurt Weill Festival 2000.

In 2006 Patrik Ringborg returned to Freiburg as Chief Conductor (notable productions being The Rhine Gold and Elektra ), and 2007 was appointed General Music Director at the State Theatre in Kassel and remained in this position for a decade.

Maestro Ringborg conducted the State Orchestra over 150 concerts and 27 new opera productions. They include Wagner works like The Flying Dutchman, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Lohengrin, Parsifal, and Tannhäuser, Mozart operas like Magic The Flute and Così fan tutte, Puccini operas like Manon Lescaut and Turandot as well as more modern works like Dialogues des Carmélites, Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk, Aribert Reimann's Lear, and Hans Werner Henze's Orpheus. The operas by Richard Strauss have also been of great importance. After a Salome première in 2008, he presented new productions of Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier and Elektra.

He was also a guest conductor at the Staatsoper Dresden, at the Volksoper in Vienna, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In February 2010 his debut at the Opera House in Cologne followed with Der Rosenkavalier (including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's farewell performance from the opera stage). In the same year, the Stockholm Royal Opera presented Elektra under his baton at the Opera Festival in Savonlinna – an opera with which he had debuted in a new production at the Norwegian National Opera in 2009. In 2014 he returned to Oslo with a première of Don Giovanni.

Patrik Ringborg has conducted new productions of Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk and Tosca at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar, where he also led the Staatskapelle Weimar on tour in Italy as well as in symphony concerts. In 2015 he returned with Mahler's 3rd symphony.

Patrik Ringborg has been a guest conductor with over thirty other German orchestras such as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Munich Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, and the Gürzenich Orchestra.
He also conducted concerts in Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, and Spain. He is a frequent guest with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, where he last conducted a much-acclaimed concert performance of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt in 2019.

Foremost Patrik Ringborg is a frequent guest in his native Sweden, where he has worked with all the larger Swedish orchestras.

The Gothenburg Opera appointed him Principal Guest Conductor in the year 2000. He had already made his debut there in 1998 with Tannhäuser and subsequently conducted all Wagner productions there until 2006. After Lohengrin followed the première of Tristan und Isolde in 2003, after which the Orchestra of the Gothenburg Opera was awarded the Opera Prize of the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and Patrik Ringborg nominated for the Opera Prize of Swedish journal, Tidskriften Opera.

In the subsequent season, he conducted a première of Die Walküre, a production that was revived twice. 2011 he returned with a new production of Salome (directed by Peter Konwitschny) and continued his cooperation with this company in the world première of Gefors’ Notorious (2015), directed by Keith Warner and with Nina Stemme in the title role. His first Ariadne production followed in 2018. After the debut with the Gothenburg Symphony, Sweden's National Orchestra, he was invited back with a programme including excerpts from The Twilight of the Gods.

In his hometown, Stockholm, his long-awaited opera debut at the Stockholm Royal Opera followed 2013 with a new production of Parsifal directed by Christof Loy, and in 2016 he returned to conduct the world première of Daniel Börtz’ Medea and the 490 anniversary gala of the Royal Orchestra. In May 2019 he conducted the world première of Daniel Börtz’ 13th Sinfonia with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. As a frequent guest there since 1996 in many concerts (including Bruckner's 4th symphony) he also conducted the 2008 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

After his debut at the opera in Malmö 1992, Patrik Ringborg returned after a quarter of a century to conduct the world premières of Schlagt she tot! by Bo Holten as well as the first Swedish performances of Gefors’ Der Park and Fagerlund’s Autumn Sonata (including a tour to Hong Kong in October 2019). He is also a recurring guest conductor in concerts with the opera orchestra as well as with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

The first conductor ever, Patrik Ringborg was awarded the Opera Prize of the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. He received the prize in 2014 for the new productions of Parsifal and The Rhine Gold in Sweden. In 2015, the magazine Opus selected Patrik Ringborg as number one on their list of the most important persons in Swedish classical music. Patrik Ringborg is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.


Operas (including Operettas and Musicals)
d'Albert: Lowland

Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
van Beethoven: Fidelio
Bizet: Carmen (Dialogue and Recitative Versions)
Boito: Mefistofele
Börtz: Medea
Britten: Peter Grimes
Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Donizetti: Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Donizetti: Viva la Mamma (Frazzi Version)

Fagerlund: Autumn Sonata

Gefors: Notorious
Gefors: The Park
Giordano: Andrea Chénier
Glass: Akhnaten
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna Version)
Gounod: Faust

Handel: Giulio Cesare
Henze: Orpheus (Vienna Version - German Première)
Holten: Schlagt sie tot!
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel

Janáček: Jenůfa (Brno Version)

Korngold: Die tote Stadt
Krenek: The Dictator
Künneke: Der Vetter aus Dingsda

Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Massenet: Werther
Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Mozart: Don Giovanni (Prague/Vienna Versions)
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart: The Magic Flute

Nystroem: The Treasure

Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann
Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld
Orff: Carmina Burana

Patterson: Little Red Riding Hood (German Première)
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges
Puccini: La Bohème
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Puccini: Tosca
Puccini: Turandot (Alfano/Berio Versions)

Reimann: Lear
Rossini: La Cenerentola

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Spohr: Jessonda

J. Strauss: The Bat
J. Strauss: A Night In Venice (Korngold Version)
R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
R. Strauss: Elektra (also reduced version)
R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
R. Strauss: Salome (also reduced version)
R. Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau
von Suppé: Boccaccio

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Verdi: A Masked Ball
Verdi: Don Carlo (Milano Version)
Verdi: Falstaff
Verdi: La forza del destino
Verdi: Luisa Miller
Verdi: Nabucco
Verdi: Rigoletto
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Verdi: La Traviata
Verdi: Il Trovatore

von Weber: Der Freischütz
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Wagner: Lohengrin
Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
Wagner: Parsifal
Wagner: The Rhine Gold
Wagner: Tannhäuser (Versions 1845 and 1860)
Wagner: Tristan and Isolde
Wagner: Die Walküre
Weill: Mahagonny-Songspiel
Weill: One Touch of Venus
Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins
Weill: The Silverlake
Weill: The Tsar Has His Photo Taken
Wolf-Ferrari: School for Fathers

Selection of Concert Repertory
Bartók, Béla: Concerto for Orchestra Sz. 116 BB 123
Bartók, Bela: Divertimento for Strings Sz. 113
Bartók, Béla: Viola Concerto Op. post
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Leonore Ouverture No. 3 Op. 72a
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concerto No. 4 G major Op. 58
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Prometheus Ouverture Op. 43
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No. 1 C major Op. 21
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No. 3 E flat major Op. 55 "Eroica"
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No. 5 C minor Op. 66 "Destiny"
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No. 6 F major Op. 68 "The Pastoral"
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No. 7 A major Op. 92
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No. 8 F major Op. 93
Berg, Alban: Violin Concerto – "To the Memory of an Angel"
Berlioz, Hector: Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14
Britten, Benjamin: War Requiem Op. 66
Bruch, Max: Violin Concerto G minor No. 1 Op. 26
Bruckner, Anton: Symphony No. 4 E flat major (2nd Version)
Bruckner, Anton: Symphony No. 4 E flat major (3rd Version)
Bruckner, Anton: Symphony No. 7 E major

Chopin, Frédéric: Piano Concerto No. 1 E minor, Op. 11

Debussy, Claude: La Mer
Dvořák, Antonín: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra B minor Op. 104

Franck, César: Symphony D minor

Grieg, Edvard: Holberg Suite Op. 40
Grieg, Edvard: Peer Gynt Op. 23
Grieg, Edvard: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46
Grieg, Edvard: Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 Op. 55
Grieg, Edvard: Piano Concerto A minor Op. 16

Haydn, Joseph: The Creation Hob XXI:2
Haydn, Joseph: Symphony No. 6 D major "Le Matin" Hob I:6
Haydn, Joseph: Symphony No. 45 F sharp minor "Farewell" Hob I:45
Haydn, Joseph: Symphony No. 59 A major "Fire" Hob I:59
Haydn, Joseph: Symphony No. 73 D major "La Chasse" Hob I:73
Haydn, Joseph: Symphony No. 87 A major Hob I:87
Haydn, Joseph: Symphony No. 104 A major "London" Hob I:104
Haydn, Joseph: Trumpet Concerto Hob VIIe:1

Khachaturian, Aram: Maskerade Suite

Larsson, Lars-Erik: Symphony No. 3 Op. 34
Liszt, Franz: Piano Concerto No. 2 A major

Mahler, Gustav: Kindertoten-Lieder
Mahler, Gustav: Das klagende Lied (Original Version)
Mahler, Gustav: Das Lied von der Erde
Mahler, Gustav: Rückert-Lieder
Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No. 1 "Titan"
Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No. 3 D minor
Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No. 4 G major
Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No. 5 C sharp minor
Mahler, Gustav: From the "Wunderhorn" Songs
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Hebriden Ouverture Op. 26
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Ouvertüre für Harmoniemusik Op. 24
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Symphony No. 5 D major Op. 107 "Reformation"
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Violin Concerto E minor Op. 64
Mozart, W. A.: Clarinet Concerto A major KV 622
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 25 g minor KV 183
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 29 A major KV 201
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 31 D major "Paris" KV 297
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 35 D major "Haffner" KV 385
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 38 D major "Prague" KV 504
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 39 E flat major KV 543
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 40 G minor KV 550
Mozart, W. A.: Symphony No. 41 C-Dur "Jupiter" KV 551
Mozart, W. A.: Triple Concerto C major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra KV 299
Mozart, W. A.: Violin Concerto A major KV 219

Pärt, Arvo: cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten
Pärt, Arvo: Fratres (version 1983)
Prokofiev, Sergej: Piano Concerto No. 3 C major Op. 26
Prokofiev, Sergej: From Romeo and Julia Op. 101

Rachmaninov, Sergei: Piano Concerto No. 2 c minor Op. 18
Ravel, Maurice: La Valse

Saint-Saëns, Camille: Violoncello Concerto No. 1 A minor Op. 33
Schoenberg, Arnold: Chamber Symphony No. 1 Op. 9
Schoenberg, Arnold: Gurre-Lieder
Schubert, Franz: Symphony No. 7 B minor "Unfinished" D 759
Schubert, Franz: Symphony No. 8/9 C major "The Great" D 944
Schumann, Robert: "Manfred" Ouverture Op. 115
Schumann, Robert: Symfony No. 4 d minor Op. 120
Shostakovich, Dimitri: Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich, Dimitri: Symphony No. 6
Shostakovich, Dimitri: Symphony No. 8
Shostakovich, Dimitri: Symphony No. 9
Shostakovich, Dimitri: Symphony No. 12
Shostakovich, Dimitri: Symphony No. 15
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 7 C major Op. 105
Skriabin, Alexander: Symphony No. 2 C minor Op. 29
Smetana, Bedrich: Vltava (The Moldau) from Ma Vlast
Strauss, Richard: Don Juan Op. 20
Strauss, Richard: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Op. 28
Stravinsky, Igor: Pulcinella

Tchaikovsky, Peter: The Nutcracker Op. 71
Tchaikovsky, Peter: The Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a
Tchaikovsky, Peter: Piano Concerto No. 1 B flat minor Op. 23
Tchaikovsky, Peter: Symphony No. 4 E minor Op. 64
Tchaikovsky, Peter: Symfony No. 6 B minor Op. 74 "Pathétique"
Tchaikovsky, Peter: The Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33

Wagner, Richard: Siegfried-Idyll
Wagner, Richard: Wesendonck Songs

von Zemlinsky, Alexander: The Little Mermaid Op. 43

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