Michael Boder studied at Hamburg Conservatoire and in Florence, and went on to be Michael Gielen’s assistant at Oper Frankfurt. At the age of 29, he was appointed General Music Director of the Basel Theater, where he conducted a great number of productions, including a cycle of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas directed by Herbert Wernicke. In the same period, he also conducted at the opera houses in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Zurich and London, focussing on repertoire by Verdi and Puccini. In 1996, Michael Boder gave his début at the Wiener Staatsoper with a revival of Berg’s Wozzeck. This was followed by performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten, Elektra and Die Meistersinger; new productions of Lulu‚ Jakobsleiter and Gianni Schichi; and world premieres of Der Riese vom Steinfeld by Friedrich Cerha and Medea by Reimann, all at the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2009, he conducted Willy Decker‘s new production of Moses and Aaron at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. He has conducted also a large number of world premières, including Das Schloss by Aribert Reimann (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Ubu Rex by Christof Penderecki and many others. His career has included tenures as principal conductor and artistic advisor at the Royal Danish Theatre and Orchestra between 2012-2016 and musical director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu between 2008-2012. Boder’s achievements have been recognized with the Spanish critics’ award for Le Grand Macabre, and a Grammy nomination for Lulu. Highlights in the 2016/2017 season include the world premiere of Anno Schreier Hamlet at the Theater an der Wien, returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for Reimann Medea and Elektra and to Hamburg State Opera for Daphne and makes his debut for Hungarian State Opera House with Elektra. He is also a well-established orchestral conductor, who has worked regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Danish Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Vienna Radio Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, orchestra of the Saito Kinen Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony orchestras.