Thomas Rösner was born and studied in Vienna. He conducted his first orchestral concerts at the age of fourteen, and later worked as assistant at the Musikverein in Vienna. It was an invitation from Fabio Luisi that marked the beginning of his international career, when he was engaged at short notice to conduct on a tour of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Rösner has enjoyed great success at many opera houses for his interpretations of Mozart’s operas – such as Così fan tutte at the Théâtre de la Monnaie directed by Michael Haneke, at the Zurich Opera House, at Glyndebourne, in Rome, Marseilles or at the Houston Grand Opera.
Rösner’s recent work also includes conducting Die Königskinder, Die Lustige Witwe and Die Fledermaus at the Semperoper in Dresden, Fidelio and the world première of Die Schatzinsel at the Zurich Opera House, L’elisir d’amore at La Monnaie in Brussels, and Die tote Stadt at the Opéra National de Lorraine and at Nantes-Angers Opera.
Thomas Rösner made his US operatic debut at the Houston Grand Opera with Die Fledermaus, where he returned this year to conduct Die Entführung aus dem Serail. His operatic engagements have also included performances at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Die Königskinder), the State Opera in Stuttgart (Die Fledermaus), the Grand Théâtre in Geneva (Bartok: Bluebeard/ Mandarin), the New National Theatre in Tokyo (Salome), the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Welsh National Opera and at the Opera National de Lyon.
Thomas Rösner has been an associate conductor for Hans Graf at the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, music director of the festival operklosterneuburg in Austria, and from 2005 to 2011 he was Chief Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique Bienne in Switzerland. He holds currently the position of Artistic Director of the Beethoven Philharmonie in Vienna.
In the concert hall, Thomas Rösner conducts a broad repertoire, ranging from the Viennese Classics – which he interprets in light of historical performance practice – to world premières of contemporary music. He has devoted particular energies to rediscovering the work of the composers Paul Kleztki, Czesław Marek and Charles Koechlin.
Having been born and raised in the Viennese tradition, Thomas Rösner is also very much in demand for performances of the music by the Strauss dynasty.
Thomas Rösner has been invited to conduct many orchestras, including the Wiener Symphoniker, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Philharmonia Prague, Basle Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Toscanini Filarmonica Parma, Les Violons du Roy in Montreal and the Israel Sinfonietta.
Current and future projects include a return to the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Houston Grand Opera and the Opéra National de Lorraine, his debut at the Volksoper in Vienna, concerts with the Taipeh Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, as well as CD recordings with the Bamberg Symphony.
Thomas Rösner has recorded Il Trovatore on DVD for Opus Arte (Bregenz Festspiele/Wiener Symphoniker), and various discs for Musiques Suisses with the Bamberg Symphony and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, featuring works by Paul Kletzki and Czesław Marek. Other recordings include Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and various CDs for Guild Music, Gramola and ATMA. His CD “Haydn Arias & Overtures” with Jane Archibald was the winner of the Juno Award in Toronto in 2012.