Big boost for Barenboim’s assistant

Big boost for Barenboim’s assistant


norman lebrecht

March 04, 2018

On Friday, a young conductor called Thomas Guggeis took over a production of Salome in Berlin after Christoph von Dohnanyi fell out with the director, Hans Neuenfels.

Today, it is announced that Thomas, 24, is the new Kapellmeister in Stuttgart.



  • John Borstlap says:

    Taking-over a Salome is a feat of the first order, being a work over which a conductor can easily loose his head.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Yes very impressive (assuming he did a good job by the musicians in the pit and the singers on stage).

    Congrats and look forward to hearing more from this young prodigy.

  • Vittorio Parisi says:

    Thomas has been in my class in Milan as an Erasmus student. He was really a good one, also a wonderful pianist. Great job Thomas!

  • RW2013 says:

    The Staatskapelle has had Salome in it’s regular repertoire for decades.
    And is going from Barenboim/Berlin to Cambreling/Stuttgart really a boost?

    • Andreas B. says:

      at least, it definitely is a publicity boost; this jump-in makes for a great anecdote in his CV –
      having read the first reviews, it sounds like an artistic success as well.
      so congratulations are in order.

      also, becoming kapellmeister is a considerable step up.
      Stuttgart is a very fine company (and Cambreling no longer there. Cornelius Meister is the new GMD).

  • Alexander Platt says:

    Let’s wish the kid well.

  • Leo says:

    Well done.
    Let’s hope he doesn’t become a puppet for stage directors and intendants.