Born in 1981 near Nuremberg, Patrick Lange, since 2008/09 the conductor of the Comic Opera Berlin, is a promising talent in the generation of young conductors. He began his musical career in the boys choir the Regensburg ‘Domspatzen’.
He studied at the conservatories of Wurzburg and Zurich, and in 2005 became a member in the Conductors Forum of the German Music Council. In the same year Claudio Abbado appointed him to be assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He gave concerts with them in Bozen in 2008. He also worked as Abbado’s assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Mozart Orchestra of Bologna and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In 2007 Patrick Lange received the European Culture Prize in the category of grants for young conductors. In 2009 he was the first recipient of the Eugen Jochum Scholarship of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Among the orchestras he has been engaged by for concerts are the Hamburg and the Bochum Symphonies, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the MDR-Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Sìmon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela. In 2007 he gave concerts with the German Federal Youth Orchestra in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and Peking and most recently, he conducted a concert tour with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. With the RSO Symphony Orchestra Vienna he gave his debut at the Vienna Musikverein (works by Mozart, Schönberg and Debussy).
Among the places he has conducted opera are Wurzburg (Le nozze di Figaro and Cendrillon), Zurich (L’ Enfant et les Sortilèges) and in Lucerne (Falstaff and Don Giovanni). In 2007 with Le nozze di Figaro he gave his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin. Since 2010, he is the Principal Conductor there and conducted a wide range of new productions and repertoire; he opened the season 2010/11 with a new production of Meistersinger aus Nürnberg as well as Freischütz, Idomeneo and Rusalka. In October 2009 he debuted with great success with Così fan tutte with Glyndebourne on Tour. In 2010, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera with Madame Butterfly, Don Giovanni and Fledermaus. At Covent Garden London, he conducted successfully the revival of La traviata.
At the Vienna State Opera, he will be conducting Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Eugen Onegin and Ariadne auf Naxos (guest performance in Garmisch). Also planned is his debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich with Entführung aus dem Serail; at the Hamburg Opera and Opera Australia with La traviata, at Canadian Opera Toronto with Madame Butterfly as well as Jenufa, Entführung aus dem Serail and Faust at Opernhaus Zürich.
In concert, he will conduct among others the Philharmonic Orchestra Graz and the Stuttgart Philharmonic.