Ivo Hentschel


Musical Direction

Starting in the 2019/20 season, Ivo Hentschel will be the first permanent guest conductor at the Mecklenburg State Theatre in Schwerin. Since his engagement as Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin in the 2017/18 season without a current GMD, he has remained closely associated with this house as a regular guest conductor. Further guest engagements have taken him to the Theater Bern, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Theater Bonn, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, the Kammerakademie Potsdam and many more.

Ivo Hentschel grew up near Stuttgart and studied piano and conducting in Mannheim. He assisted Klauspeter Seibel with the Bundesjugendorchester and began his theater career as a conductor répétiteur at the Theater Heidelberg, where he conducted a broad repertoire ranging from baroque operas to operas by Adams and Henze. In 2013 he was engaged as first Kapellmeister and Deputy Music Director at Theater Hof, from 2014 to 2017 he was first Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Cottbus. There he conducted the entire repertoire from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti via Offenbach, Weill and Kálmán to musicals and philharmonic concerts.

In addition to concert conducting throughout Germany, international invitations have taken him to the Orquesta Filarmónica in Montevideo/Uruguay and to the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv/Israel. Concert recordings and CD recordings are available at the NDR and RBB as well as at the Komische Oper Berlin. His concerts with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern for the Beethoven Year 2020 will be broadcast live on SWR and SR.

Ivo Hentschel is a prize winner in the international Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2006, a special prize winner of the German Conductors' Prize 2013, and until 2013 was a scholarship holder in the Conductors' Forum of the German Music Council and a member of the artist list "Maestros of Tomorrow". Not at least for his commitment to theatre education, he was awarded the 2011 Prize of the Circle of Friends at Heidelberg Theatre.

Roman Hovenbitzer



The opera director was born in Düsseldorf in 1972, studied music theatre directing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Götz Friedrich and was assistant to directors such as Willy Decker, Götz Friedrich, Kurt Horres, Harry Kupfer and Michael Leinert. After his studies he worked as a director and assistant director at the Staatstheater Kassel. Since 1999 Roman Hovenbitzer has worked as a freelance director with over 75 productions in all areas of musical theatre. His productions can be seen all over Europe, among others at the Staatstheater Kassel, the Aaltotheater Essen, the Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Staatsoper Prague, the Theater Vane-muine Tartu/Estland and the Opera Festival in Savonlinna/Finland. He has also worked in Hong Kong and Brazil. From 2014 to 2016 Hovenbitzer was guest professor for music-dramatic performance and scenic interpretation at the Graz University of the Arts; since autumn 2018 he has been teaching at the Cologne University of Music. In the current season he will be staging in Hamburg, Krefeld, Augsburg and Meiningen.

Roy Spahn


Stage Set

Roy Spahn first studied art with Willi Schmitt in his hometown of Frankfurt and was a prizewinner of the Art Promotion Prize of the City of Frankfurt. He was introduced to stage design by the Swiss artist Marc Deggeller. Engagements as a stage manager led him to the Young Theatre Göttingen and to the Landestheater Neustrelitz. Since 1991 Roy Spahn has been designing stage and costume designs at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the theatres in Kassel, Bremen, Braunschweig, Lucerne, Strasbourg, Dessau and the Zurich Opera House. In 1993 he was director of the Young Theatre in Göttingen. In 1997 he came to the Landestheater Neustrelitz as a set designer for numerous productions and later as a set designer. In the meantime he has worked freelance again, among others he created the sets for Reimann's LEAR (Hamburg State Opera) and PETER GRIMES (Opéra de Nice) in 2016 and for Prokofiev's DER SPIELER at the Vienna State Opera in 2017.

Bernhard Niechotz


Costume Designer

Bernhard Niechotz completed his Theatre Design studies (BA Hons) at Paul McCartney's Institute for Performing Arts in Liverpool (LIPA) in 2002. His first engagement took him to the Stadttheater Gießen, where he was responsible for numerous stage and costume designs in all genres until 2015, most recently for the musical premiere of I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU and LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX. At the same time he gave guest performances at the operas Frankfurt (PIERROT LUNNAIRE/ANNA TOLL UA) and Magdeburg, the theatres Regensburg, Dessau, Hagen, Nordhausen as well as the Léhar Festival Bad Ischl. Since the 2015/2016 season, he has been the leading stage and costume designer at the Theater Münster, where he has designed the musical CURTAINS - VORHANG AUF FÜR MORD and the play DIE VERSCHWÖRUNG DES FIESCO ZU GENUA (nominated for Best Stage Design by the specialist magazine "Die Deutsche Bühne" in 2016).

Daniel Kirchmann


Choir Rehearsal

Daniel Kirchmann was born in Radolfzell on the Lake Constance. He first studied church music in Cologne (A-Examen) and organ in Würzburg (Konzertexamen) before studying conducting in Michael Luig's Kapellmeister class at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

From 2009 to 2013 Daniel Kirchmann was employed as assistant principal conductor at the Kammeroper Köln and the Kölner Symphoniker, where he gave his opera debut "Don Giovanni" by W.A. Mozart at the Klassik-Festspiele Monschau.

Daniel Kirchmann was leading church musician in Bonn-Bad Godesberg from 2013 to 2019. Here he built up several choirs and ensembles whose repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to great oratorios and contemporary music.

Daniel Kirchmann was musical director at the Theaterpalast Bonn, artistic director of the Figuralchor Bonn, and conductor of the Kölner Orchestergesellschaft.

Since 2018 he has been a lecturer for orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

Since the 19/20 season Daniel Kirchmann has been choir director of the Mecklenburg State Theater in Schwerin.

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Peter Larsen



The chief dramaturge of the Mecklenburg State Theatre comes from Berlin and studied musicology and German language and literature there. After his first engagement as assistant director and dramaturge at the Thüringer Landestheater Rudolstadt, he earned his doctorate in Berlin and conducted research as a scholarship holder of the "Stiftung Weimarer Klassik". In 1999 he became music dramaturg at the Theater Nordhausen/Loh-Orchester Sondershausen. From 2004 to 2015 Larsen was dramaturge at the Theater Trier, where he attracted national attention with the discovery of rarely performed opera works, as well as premieres and first performances. He publishes books, essays and professional articles and is a presenter and reciter for the audience. He is also a composer, for example of his children's opera SIEGFRIED OR WER WERD HERR DES RINGES, which celebrated its French premiere at the Opéra St. Etienne in March 2018.

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Martin Schelhaas

Studienleiter und Kapellmeister 

Musical Assistent / Post- conducting / Director of Music Studies

Since 1998 Martin Schelhaas has been engaged at the Mecklenburg State Theatre as Kapellmeister and study director, where he proves his versatility again and again successfully. He conducts operas, operettas, musicals, ballets and various concerts and has made a name for himself in particular with interdisciplinary productions such as CABARET, SUGAR and EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM. He is particularly interested in contemporary opera. For example, he directed Peter Maxwell Davies DER LEUCHTTURM and DOG DAYS by David T. Little. He recently conducted Charlie Chaplin's silent film concerto GOLDRAUSCH with great success. He has been involved in the SCHLOSSFESTSPIELE SCHWERIN since the legendary AIDA (1999), and has now been on the conductor's podium for eleven years in a row.

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Michael Ellis Ingram

Korrepetitor und Kapellmeister 


Michael Ellis Ingram from Missouri/USA studied conducting with James Buswell, James Ross and Ulrich Windfuhr, as well as piano with Mia Chung and Alina Polyakov. In addition to his master class studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig (College for Music and Theatre Leipzig), he was a lecturer for orchestral conducting at the local music pedagogical institute. As a guest lecturer he taught at the New England Conservatory and at the University of Maryland School of Music, and as a pianist and conductor he participated in music festivals such as the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, the National Orchestral Institute and the Impuls Festival for New Music in Saxony-Anhalt. Ingram has taught music and English literature at various schools in the USA and Germany, including the music and art school "Clara Schumann" in Leipzig. Ingram is also Director of Musical Studies at the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts, where he has been giving interdisciplinary lectures on music history since 2011.

In the 2012/2013 season Ingram was engaged as First Music Director at the Theater Nordhausen, where he conducted opera, operetta, musical, ballet and various concerts. Since 2016/2017 he has been a répétiteur and conductor at the Mecklenburg State Theatre. He is employed in all areas and takes over the musical direction of the stage productions WILLKAMEN IN DE WESSELJOHRN and JEKYLL & HYDE as well as the Christmas concert IM WINTERWUNDERLAND.

Toni Deutsch


Assistant director

Emil Roijer


Assistant director

Emil Roijer, in Schweden aufgewachsen, hat in Stockholm Musical studiert, wo er Unterricht in Ballett, Jazz und zeitgenössischen Tanz bekam. Nach einem Studium in Operngesang an der Universität in Göteborg war er u. a. an der Volksoper Stockholm und der Komischen Oper Berlin zu sehen. Gleichzeitig mit seinem Studium nahm er Unterricht in Komposition und studierte Literaturwissenschaft und Philosophie. Seine musikdramatischen Kompositionen wurden u. a. bei „Opera på Skäret“ aufgeführt. Er hat in der freien Szene in Berlin, an der Königlichen Oper Stockholm und am Nordharzer Städtebundtheater Regie geführt.

Christina Hennigs


Stage management

Elisa Quarello


Rehearsal prompting