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Since 2014 conductor Joana Mallwitz holds the position of Music Director at Theater Erfurt.
In the 2016/17 season she will conduct the revival of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Oper Frankfurt and Macbeth at the Royal Danish Opera. 2014, she returned to the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, where she had conducted a series of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 2012, for a production of Leoncavallo’s I pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. During the 2013/2014 season, she also made her debuts at the Hamburg State Opera (with Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore) as well as with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra. During the previous season Mallwitz made her debut at the Zurich Opera with Macbeth.
In 2012 Joana Mallwitz made her debut conducting Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at the Latvian National Opera in Riga and returned the following year for Wagner’s Rheingold. In 2013 she conducted Rheingold at the Macau International Music Festival and, in 2014, Der fliegende Holländer at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen.
Joana Mallwitz conducted the Royal Danish Orchestra’s acclaimed New Year’s Eve Concert 2011, as well as concerts and performances with the TfN-Philharmonie Hildesheim, the Osnabruck Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. This season she will conduct a.o. the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joana Mallwitz was awarded the prestigious Lower Saxon Praetorius Musikpreis in 2009 for her “outstanding musical achievements”. The international music magazine Opernwelt nominated her Conductor of the Year in its ‘Year Book 2009’ for her performance of Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace at the Heidelberg Theatre.
In 2006, Joana Mallwitz was hired as a rehearsal pianist and conductor at the German Opera Company of Heidelberg. She drew very much attention to herself when in 2006 she conducted the premiere of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, stepping in at the last minute. From the 2007/2008 season until summer 2011, Joana Mallwitz has held the position of ‘Second Kapellmeister’, as well as assistant to Heidelberg’s Music Director Cornelius Meister. In Heidelberg she conducted revivals, new productions, repertoire performances, a world premiere as well as several concerts, including Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Le nozze di Figaro, The magic Flute, Strauss’ Salome, Tchaikovskys Eugen Onegin and Verdi’s Aida and Rigoletto.
Joana Mallwitz studied conducting with Professor Martin Brauß and Professor Eiji Oue, as well as piano with Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Professor Bernd Goetzke at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. Since 2004 she has held a scholarship of the ‘Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes’.