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Martin Wettges Born in Regensburg, Germany in 1983, Martin Wettges studied conducting with Prof. BRUNO WEIL at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, with MARK GIBSON at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) and at the University of music and performing arts in Vienna (Austria) with Prof. UROŠ LAJOVIC.
He received scholarships from the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the University of Cincinnati, the Mark-Lothar-Foundation and the Richard-Wagner-Foundation, Bayreuth.
Wettges has conducted major orchestras, including the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Peru in Lima, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Munich Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, the Coburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro-Arte Orchester Vienna, the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra Cincinnati and the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is regular guest conductor.
In 2009 WETTGES was appointed music director and artistic executive of Opera Mauritius where he made his debut with BIZET’s Les pêcheurs de perles, featuring a top-class international cast. He successfully reanimated the opera tradition in Mauritius, dating back to 1790.
Wettges conducts at the Opera house in Leipzig (Il turco in Italia) and took charge as music director of new productions at the Graz opera house (Rigoletto), at the Munich Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (BRITTEN: Noye’s Fludde), at the opera house of Karlstad, Sweden (Rigoletto), the Coburg State Theatre (Les pêcheurs de perles), at the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding (La Traviata), and at the Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth (world premiere of WANG AI QUN: Dream of the red chamber).
Wettges served as assistant conductor for the Deutsche Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin, the Münchner Biennale and as a repetiteur for the Freies Landestheater Bayern, the Orpheus Ensemble and the International Opera Studio Merano (Italy), where he started his conducting career. Being chorus director of the Munich Prinzregententheater since 2006, he worked for maestro ULF SCHIRMER, the Neue Münchner Hofkapelle, the Munich Radio Orchestra and the opera theatres of Ingolstadt and Bayreuth as well as with the childrens choir of the Bavarian State Opera, among others.
Together with his long-time stage associates, the director TOBIAS KRATZER and the stage designer RAINER SELLMAIER, Wettges won the ring.award 08 as music director for a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the opera house in Graz, Austria.
In 2008 he was appointed lecturer of orchestral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. There he is moreover music director for the annual production of the opera department in 2010/11 (HÄNDEL: Alcina).
WETTGES’ deep interest is contemporary as well as forgotten music: as a member of the international WALTER-BRAUNFELS-association, he is actively engaged in rediscovering and performing his work. In addition, he conducted world-premieres as well as debut-performances of CARL FILTSCH, ROBERT KRAMPE, HERMANN LEVI, ALFRED SCHNITTKE, ANNO SCHREIER und JOHANN RUDOLF ZUMSTEEG, among others. He rediscovered, reconstructed and published the piano concerto by HERMANN LEVI, the famous conductor of the world-premiere of Parsifal, and performed this opus for the first time after more than one and a half centuries.
Conducting the 2010 “United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert” in Cincinnati he brought pieces by BRAUNFELS und LEVI to America for the very first time.

“A preeminently gifted conductor, in a gentle manner both authoritative and assertive.” (JÜRGEN KESTING, Opernwelt 11/2009)
„The Cape Philharmonic sounded magnificent under Martin Wettges, playing with clarity and body.” (JONATHAN RICHMOND, Opera, December 2009)