Reinhard Peters

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Reinhard Peters
Born 1926 (1926)
Died 4 June 2008 (aged 81–82)
Occupation Operatic conductor

Reinhard Peters (1926 – 4 June 2008) was a German operatic conductor and violinist.


Born in Magdeburg, Peters worked as repetiteur and violinist at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. He studied conducting in Paris. In 1951, he was the first recipient of the prize of the Besançon Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Direttori. He was from 1957 to 1961 conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein,[1] where he led the premiere of Giselher Klebe's Die tödlichen Wünsche in Düsseldorf.[2]

From 1961, Peters was Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the Sinfonieorchester Münster (de) at the Theater Münster. In 1970, he moved to the Deutsche Oper Berlin.[3] He conducted with the Berlin company the premiere of Aribert Reimann's Melusine at the Schwetzingen Festival on 29 April 1971, staged by Rudolf Sellner (de).[4] Peters conducted the Philharmonia Hungarica in Marl from 1974 to 1979, and was a professor at the Folkwangschule Essen.[1]

He worked as a guest conductor, including the Berlin Philharmonic.[1] In 1973 he conducted the first performances of Nicolas Nabokov's Loves Labour's Lost both at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Monnaie in Brussels.[2] He died in 2008 in Berlin.[1]



Peters conducted several orchestras in recordings, including the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Collegium Aureum (de). He conducted works by Adolphe Adam, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Ruggero Leoncavallo Gioachino Rossini and Camille Saint-Saëns. He also accompanied singer such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ernst Haefliger and Rita Streich, and conducted contemporary music:

  • Ernst Haefliger. Das Sängerporträt. Deutsche Grammophon, Hamburg 1980.
  • Klavierkonzert op. 22 by Heimo Erbse. Edel, Hamburg 1993.
  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Szenen und Arien. Polygram, Hamburg 1993.
  • O luce di quest’anima. Rita Streich singt Opernarien. Polygram, Hamburg 1996.

He also conducted several editions of the CD documentation Musik in Deutschland 1950–2000 (de).[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Reinhard Peters gestorben" (in German). Magazin Klassik. 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Kutsch, Karl J.; Riemens, Leo (2004). Premiere Performances. Großes Sängerlexikon (in German). 1 (4th ed.). Berlin: De Gruyter. pp. 5325, 5267. ISBN 3-598-44088-X. 
  3. ^ "Künstlernachrichten" (PDF) (in German). Fono Forum. June 1970. p. 376. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Kramer, Andreas; Vilain, Robert (2006). 9012: Aribert Reimann Melusine. Yvan Goll: A Bibliography of the Primary Works (in German). Peter Lang. pp. 336–337. ISBN 978-3-906766-46-1. 
  5. ^ "Various Artists / Musik in Deutschland 1950–2000: Konzerte". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 

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