Roland Böer

Artistic Director & Music Director, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte Festival Montepulciano

Renowned German conductor, Roland Böer works with Europe’s leading opera houses including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Oper Frankfurt, La Monnaie, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Komische Oper and Deutsche Oper Berlin. An internationally sought-after guest conductor, he also works on a concert platform conducting Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Kaiserslautern, Filarmonica della Scala, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Roland Böer is Artistic Director and Music Director of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, a summer festival where he works on opera and symphonic projects in collaboration with the RNCM.

Roland Böer returns to English National Opera

17 Oct 2016

Roland Böer returns to English National Opera to conduct ten performances of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. The production, staged by Penny Woolcock, was first presented by ENO in 2010 and...

Roland Böer returns as Artistic and Music Director of the 41st Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepuliciano

07 Jul 2016

Roland Böer returns to Italy in his role as Artistic and Music Director of the 41st Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepuliciano. The Festival, comprising over 40 events, including...

Roland Böer debuts at Prague State Opera

17 May 2016

Roland Böer makes his debut in Prague this June, conducting a new production of Strauss’ Elektra directed by Keith Warner in five performances on 10, 14, 18, 22 and 25 June. The...

Roland Böer conducts the Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli

11 Mar 2016

Roland Böer returns to Bari on 30 March for a concert at the Teatro Petruzzelli. The programme features Prokofiev'...

Roland Böer returns to Bari for Verdi's Nabucco

23 Feb 2016

Following the great success of Die Zauberflöte last season, Roland Böer returns to the Teatro Petruzzelli to conduct six performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s landmark opera Nabucco. With direction by...

Roland Böer returns to the Opéra de Nice

23 Dec 2015

Roland Böer returns to the Opéra de Nice to conduct a new production of Benjamin Britten's final opera, Death in Venice directed by Hermann Schneider. Roland Böer will conduct the Orchestre...

Roland Böer debuts at the Opera di Firenze

06 Oct 2015

Roland Böer makes his début at the Opera di Firenze with a new production of Mozart's Così fan Tutte directed by Lorenzo Mariani; he conducts the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in ...

Roland Böer presents the 40th Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte as Music and Artistic Director

08 Jul 2015

The 40th Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte opens on July 11th in Montepulciano. The festival, of which Roland Böer is the Music and Artistic Director, embraces opera,...

Roland Böer debuts at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

15 May 2015

Roland Böer makes his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma conducting Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. This famous La Scala production, by the legendary director Giorgio Strehler, is...

Roland Böer conducts the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra

15 Apr 2015

Roland Böer conducts the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of works by Ravel, Stephan, Magnard, Hindemith and Richard Strauss, whose underlying theme is traumas of the 20th...

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“Roland Böer did a wonderful job of harnessing the energy of the young Orchestra del Petruzzelli, conducting with skill and precision and maintaining a perfect balance between instruments and voice.   ”

Enzo Garofalo, Fame di sud - Feb 2016

“Roland Böer was able to bring out both the energy and the colour of the music.   ”

Fabrizio Versienti, Corriere del Mezzogiorno - Feb 2016

“There is no doubt that the credit for the success of the opera must go to the two main creators of the production: the conductor, Roland Böer and the director, Joseph Franconi Lee. Working with exemplary unity of purpose, the pair created a production of an extremely high standard, both musically and theatrically.   ”

Nicola Sbisa, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno - Feb 2016

“Conductor Roland Böer directed the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, intriguingly extracting from Britten's score subtly interwoven patterns of motifs and emphasising rhythmical details, by means of dramatically corresponding orchestral colours.  ”

Leszek Biernat, MAESTRO - Feb 2016

“...conductor Roland Böer, who with the Philharmonique, is able to mine the tiniest nuggets from Britten's music.   ”

André Peyregne, Nice Matin - Jan 2016

“Finally, we salute the magnificent performance of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice under the direction of Roland Böer; together, they engage fully with Britten's complex orchestration, with particularly outstanding results in the dramatic climaxes.   ”

Emmanuel Andries, The Classical Music Network - Jan 2016

“The perfectly-disciplined Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice followed faithfully the intentions of the composer, guided by Roland Böer.    ”

Laurent Bury, - Jan 2016

“Roland Böer conducted the Maggio Musicale orchestra in a brisk, polished performance with masterly control of the dynamics, as he also accompanied the recitatives at the fortepiano.  ”

Matteo Sansone, Opera Magazine - Jan 2016

“The promotional video shows that he has established a good rapport with the orchestra, and when the Orchestra del Maggio has a good relationship with the conductor, it can sound sublime.    ”

Roberta Manetti, FirenzePost - Oct 2015

“Roland Böer directs from the podium, and from the fortepiano for the recitatives, a precise, light but energetic, performance of Mozart, agile, but with the capacity to accommodate the precious layers of Mozartian psychology, with optimum balance between the voices and instrumental richness. His strengths also include a desire for refinement in the recitatives, which he accompanies with great expertise.   ”

Elisabetta Torselli, - Oct 2015

“The Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, admirably conducted by Roland Böer, greets the audience, from the first note of the overture, with energy and brilliance, totally capturing the spirit of Mozart.   ”

Fabrizio Basciano, il Fatto Quotidiano - Oct 2015

“In an absolutely packed theatre, the audience applauded.......with totally deserved enthusiasm the conductor Roland Böer, on the podium for the first time at the Florence Opera, and the orchestra and chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It was evident from the theatre's promotional video that there existed between the orchestra and this great conductor the vital components for creating a beautiful harmony, and this evening's performance demonstrated this fully.   ”

Firenze Post - Oct 2015

“The musical direction of Roland Böer blends perfectly with the artistic direction: a lively dramatic pace that infuses both the recitatives (brilliantly accompanied by Maestro himself)  and the musical episodes. He focuses on a transparency of orchestral texture that captures the gentle dreamy illusions in which the young protagonists wallow in at the beginning of the opera, a transparency which allows the voices of the six soloists, none of whom has an exceptionally strong voice, to stand out effortlessly, and the different sections of the orchestra to emerge.   ”

Fabrizio Moschini, OperClick - Oct 2015

“The orchestra in brilliant form under Roland Böer’s meticulous baton.    ”

Dinko Fabris, la Repubblica Bari - Dec 2014

“From a musical point of view, Roland Böer’s effective and passionate conducting pulled everything together. With a clearly committed Teatro Petruzzelli orchestra he created a richly nuanced texture, which corresponded perfectly with the changing moods of the fairy tale, with enchanting and impressive agility and a constant compelling tension.  ”

Nicola Sbisà, La Gazetta del mezzogiorno - Dec 2014

“(...) whilst at the conductor’s desk of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the German conductor Roland Böer demonstrates that the modernity of Puccini and Berio hold no secrets for him. His vibrant and varied interpretation, with its extraordinary finesse of colour and faultless technical mastery, contribute hugely to the success of the evening.   ”

Emmanuel Andrieu, Opera Online - Nov 2014

“Turandot is also an opera written for choirs, and here we have a wonderful moment of homogeneity and spontaneity, with the accompaniment of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the breathtaking conducting of the excellent Roland Böer. An interpretation not to be missed.  ”

Gérard Léopold di Offite, Magazine des arts et des spectacles - Nov 2014

“A nice surprise in the orchestra pit too, with the conducting of Roland Böer, who does not confuse Puccini’s last masterpiece with the most glittering specimens of verist aesthetics. His merit is in adopting an interpretation that resists any demand to betray the style, which is at times dramatic, but always respects the diaphanous nuances of a score dating from the same period as Alban Berg’s Wozzek. With the help of the Nice Philharmonic, which was on top form, the conductor delivered a personal orchestral creation – inspired, fragrant, colourful, with a quality of phrasing that preserved the dignity and charm of the music. Never has the orchestral and choral richness of the music been as sumptuously exalted.  ”

Christian Colombeau, Le podcast journal - Nov 2014

“The Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice was in dazzling form and played as never before: transcended and transcendent. The sound emanating from the orchestra pit was simply amazing. The German conductor, Roland Böer, lyrical, elegant, never insistent, attentive to the voices, can be proud of his work.   ”

Christian Colombeau, Sortir ici et ailleurs - Mar 2014

“Roland Boër’s sublime conducting demonstrates that it is not necessary to be Italian to fully interpret this score. In a supreme effort of concentration, this German conductor totally transcends the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, raising it to a level of performance rarely heard from this body of musicians. Not only does he exploit the entire palette of colours throughout the work, but he also includes an admirable myriad of contrasts, moving from the lightest of whispers to explosions that give full weight to moments of poignancy. Roland Boër endeavours to create silences that provide musical suspense in a fast-moving, almost breathless plot. He also, without breaking the flow of the music, masterfully balances the contrasts between the sweeping lyrical phrases of the two main characters and the joyful twirling notes of the four ‘masks’ of the commedia dell’arte.   ”

Christian Jarniat, - Mar 2014

“A great thrill, a tear in the corner of the eye, choked with emotion….recent performances of Adrienne Lecouvreur (Cilea) at the Opéra de Nice realised all the hopes of opera devotees, who are constantly searching for strong sensations that only this medium can procure. The great artisan of this exceptional success is called Roland Böer. The young maestro, chosen by the musicians of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, gave an in-depth performance, exploring every detail of this masterpiece of verismo, including every nuance and providing a rich, flowing and colourful orchestral accompaniment to the beautiful voices on stage.   ” - Mar 2014

“Thanks to Roland Böer’s unpretentious organisation, the Braunschweig State Orchestra and soloists performed the highly emotional tales (the double concerto for trumpet, timpani and orchestra) by Siegfried Matthus with expressive temperament. Böer let the orchestra play with beautiful vividness and precision.”

Braunschweiger Zeitung - Oct 2013

“It was actually the first time Roland Böer conducted the Braunschweig State Orchestra (and hopefully not for the last time in Hameln). Throughout his career, he gained extensive experience with major European orchestras and has developed a conducting style completely focused on the essential gestures. There is no place for show effects, but for temperament in all directions - which leads to high voltage on the podium and in the audience, which ultimately contributes to the success of a concert evening like this. The State Orchestra presented itself as an attentive partner and always found the beauty of sound even in passages of high sonority. (...) The enthusiastic applause for the orchestra, soloists and Roland Böer was well deserved.”

Karla Lange Hein, ELO - Oct 2013

“But of course, the opening concert of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte 2013 raised the highest expectations, featuring the Orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, a hand-picked selection of the best students of the prestigious English conservatory. Roland Böer, the music director of the festival, with his usual mastery and a touch of elegant suppleness that characterizes it, conducted the evening of July, 19th in a crowded Piazza Grande. (...) The five movements of Schumann’s Third Symphony („Rhenish“) were revealed to perfection, thanks to Böer and the young musicians of the RNCM. (...) The warm applause from the public was a signal of their huge appreciation.”

Gilberto Mion, - Aug 2013

“(...) Roland Böer, music director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, proved his sensitivity for different styles with an accurate interpretation of the instrumental part, thanks to the collaboration with the orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. We think of the elegance of sonorous sound and the particularly Nordic instrumental colours in the „Four Sea Interludes“ by Britten, as well as the exaltation of Wagner’s symphonic tone and the greatness of late Verdi’s writing. Once again, Böer managed to merge singing and orchestra, a key element for the success of any execution of opera.”

Claudio Listanti, - Aug 2013

“This is a wonderful performance... I was more moved and enchanted by this than by any other Magic Flute I have seen on DVD. It even beats the superb Royal Opera Hose production under Colin Davis.”

BBC Music Magazine - DVD Choice - Oct 2012

“The evening, however, had its compensations, the best of which was the orchestral playing under the excellent Roland Böer. Like his mentor Antonio Pappano, whose assistant he has been at a number of houses including Covent garden, he is a conductor who seems equally at home across a wide range of the repertoire, and it was he and his 13 instrumentalists who raised the quality of the musical performance to the highest level.”

Opera Magazine September 2012 - Oct 2012

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An internationally sought-after conductor, Roland Böer enjoys a fast-rising career that has seen him establish close links with many leading opera houses and orchestras. He has built long-term operatic relationships with Oper Frankfurt and Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen as well as the Vienna Volksoper. Böer further maintains an ongoing relationship with English National Opera, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and with Opéra de Nice, where he conducted Adriana LecouvreurTurandot and Death in Venice, and where he will return this season for a new production of Rigoletto.

Böer, who studied piano, composition and conducting, launched his career as Kapellmeister at Oper Frankfurt (2002-2008), having earlier worked both there and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf as a répétiteur. He was assistant to Antonio Pappano at Bayreuth, La Monnaie and Covent Garden. He has worked extensively as a guest conductor at renowned opera houses such as La Scala Milan, Opera di Roma, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper Berlin, the Polish National Opera, the Hungarian State Opera and Stadttheater Bern.

On the concert platform, he works with a growing list of orchestras, including the Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Kaiserslautern, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, and Bergen Philharmonic. Among the chamber orchestras and ensembles he has conducted are the Ensemble Modern, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

In 2009 Roland Böer became Music Director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano, where he works with high-profile artists and directs projects in collaboration with the RNCM, Manchester. Since 2015 he has also held the role of Artistic Director of the festival, where this year he conducted the world premiere of Icarus, an opera by David Blake and Keith Warner. 

Böer’s discography includes the DVD/Blu-ray recording of Die Zauberflöte in William Kentridge’s production at La Scala, released on OPUS ARTE in 2012 to great critical acclaim. He has also recorded works by Glazunov and Schumann with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for broadcast on Bayerische Rundfunk, two discs with the Philharmonia Orchestra: Adagietto, a solo album with Japanese soprano Michié Nakamaru (EMI), and the world premiere recording of Federico Ricci’s Corrado d’Altamura (Opera Rara).

Among recent engagements are a symphonic concert with the Frankfurt New Philharmonia, a new production of Die Zauberflöte and a symphonic concert with the Fondazione Lirico Sinfonica Petruzzelli e Teatri di Bari, and debuts at Opera di Firenze / Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, where he conducted a production of Così fan tutte, and at Prague State Opera for a new production of Elektra.

Roland Böer’s future engagements include symphonic concerts with the Orchestra dell'Accademia della Scala, the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and a debut with the orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino. He returns to English National Opera for a revival of Les pêcheurs de perles, to Maggio Musicale Fiorentino for a new production by Damiano Michieletto of Die Zauberflöte, to Frankfurt Oper for a new production of Manfred Trojahn’s Enrico directed by Tobias Heyder, and to Landestheater Linz, where he makes his debut with Death in Venice.  










October 2016