Robin Engelen studied conducting with Wolf-Dieter Hauschild and Günter Wand at Karlsruhe Conservatory. He assisted conductors such as Philippe Auguin, Thomas Hengelbrock and Stefan Soltesz.
He was engaged as first conductor and assistant of Lothar Zagrosek at Stuttgart State Opera and later as first conductor and deputy music director at Theater Bonn. He conducted important repertoire works and regularly conducted new productions, including Carmen, La Sonnambula, Il Trovatore, Norma, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  
Engelen gave concerts both as pianist and conductor with orchestras such as Philharmonisches Orchester Südwestfalen, the Brandenburg and Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestras, Staatsorchester Halle, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Philharmonics. He conducted the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra C.P.E. Bach Berlin as well as the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. From 1993 to 2003, he was engaged as musical director of the ensemble “Klangwerk”. In 2001, the ensemble Het Collektief appointed him their Principal Guest Conductor.
Furthermore, Engelen worked at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, leading the first show of the revised version of Eötvös` Radames at the international Schönberg-week in Brussels and at the Russian Japanese culture days in Dornach. In 2007, he was the musical director of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the festivities of the 150 years existence of the conservatory Stuttgart and gave his debut in the U.S. at the Oregon Bach Festival. Together with Helmuth Rilling, he also directed Britten’s War Requiem. As conductor of the Kammerorchester Stuttgart, he toured through Korea, Italy and Turkey.
Engelen conducted concerts at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with the Het Collectief in Sao Paulo, Lima, Paris, and London, as well as at the festivals Ars Musica in Brussels and Antwerp, and de Saintes in France. Most recently, conducting engagements led him to the Opera Leipzig and the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock.
Since season 2015/16 Robin Engelen is first conductor and deputy music director at Opera Graz. Projects of the season, besides productions in Graz of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Luisa Miller and The Greek Passion by the composer Bohuslav Martinu, included Don Giovanni in Vladivostok, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Falstaff at Volkstheater Rostock, and Das Liebesverbot at the Opera Leipzig.
In the following season, Engelen led the new production of Norma as well as the two very successful and highly acclaimed productions of Tristan und Isolde and Roméo et Juliette in Graz.

In the season 2017/18 his projects in Graz included the new productions of Il trovatore and Eugene Onegin as well as the musical ‘Ragtime’ with music by Stephen Flaherty and the ballet ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Jörg Weinöhl. In addition, he conducted the ballet night ‚Don Juan / Mozart à deux‘ with music by Gluck and Mozart at Opera Leipzig.

Engagements in season 2018/19 include the new productions Martha and Szymanowski’s Król Roger at Opera Graz.


General Management

Artist Manager
Boris Orlob
Managing Director 
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Ingunn Sighvatsdóttir
Artist Manager 
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Repertoire Concert

Adams, John Chamber Symphony
Bach, J. S. Brandenburg Concerti
Bartók, Bela Concerto for orchestra
  Piano Concerto No 3
  Romanian Folk Dances
  Violin Concerto No 2
Beethoven, L. v. Choral Fantasy
  Piano Concerti
  Symphonies 1- 9
  Violin Concerto
Berg, Alban Chamber Concerto
  Seven Early Songs
Bernstein, Leonard Three Meditations from Mass
Bizet, Georges Carmen - Suite
  L'Arlesienne - Suite
Brahms, Johannes Academic Festival Ourverture
  Symphonies 1 - 4
Britten, Benjamin Four Sea Interludes
  Les Illuminations
  War Requiem
Bruckner, Anton Symphonies 1 - 9
Charpentier, M. A. Le Malade imaginaire
  Musiques du Roi
Copland, Aaron Appalachian Spring
  Billy the Kid
  Clarinet Concerto
Debussy, Claude La mer
  Prelude à l'après midi d'un faune
Dvorák, Antonín Serenade
  Symphonies 6 - 9
Elgar, Edward The Wand of Youth
Grieg, Edvard Peer Gynt Suites
  Piano Concerto
Gubaidulina, Sofia Seven Words
Haydn, Joseph Concerti
Hindemith, Paul Die Harmonie der Welt
  Horn Concerto
  Mathis der Maler
  Symphony in E-Flat
Honegger, Arthur Le Roi David
  Pastorale d'Été
  Symphonies No 2, 3, 4
Händel, G. Fr. Concerti grossi
  Music for the Royal Fireworks
  Water Music
Ibert, Jacques Flute Concerto
Jolivet, André Flute Concerto
Ligeti, György Chamber Concerto
  Concerti for Violoncello, Piano & Violin
Lutoslawski, Witold Concerto for Orchestra
  Funeral Music in memoriam Béla Bartók
Mahler, Gustav Das Klagende Lied
  Songs of Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mendelssohn, Felix Incidental Music for Midsummer Night's Dream
  Symphonies No 3, 4
Messiaen, Olivier Éclairs sur l'Au-delà
  Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
Milhaud, Darius La création du monde
  Le Boeuf sur le toit
Mozart, W. A. Divertimenti
  Piano Concerti
  Violin Concerto
Nielsen, Carl Clarinet Concerto
  Symphonies No 4, 5, 6
Poulenc, Francis Piano Concerto
Rachmaninov, Sergej Symphonies No 2, 3
  Symphonic Dances
Rihm, Wolfgang Abgesangsszenen
  Trauermusiken In Memoriam Luigi Nono
Saint-Saens, C. Danse macabre
  Le Carnival des Animeaux
Schostakowitsch, D. Cello Concerti No 1 & 2
  Chamber Symphonies
  Violin Concerto No. 2
Schubert, Franz Rosamunde Ballet Music
  Symphonies 1 - 7
Schumann, Robert Piano Concerto
  Symphonies 1 -4
Schönberg, Arnold Chamber Symphony
  Pierrot lunaire
  Suite op. 29
  Transfigured Night
Sibelius, Jean Symphonies No 1, 3, 6, 7
  Tone Poems
Strauss, Richard Also sprach Zarathustra
  Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon
  Don Juan
  Four Last Songs
  Till Eulenspiegel
Strauß, Johann Dances
Stravinsky, Igor Firebird
  L'histoire du soldat
  Symphonies pour vent instruments
  Three Pieces for String Orchestra
Torke, Michael Ecstatic Orange
Tschaikovsky, Peter Ballet Suites
  Symphonies No 4, 5, 6
Vivaldi, Antonio Four Seasons
Wagner, Richard Preludes and Interludes
Walton, William Variations on a Theme by Hindemith
Webern, Anton Fünf Stücke für Streichorchester
  Musikalisches Opfer (Bach)

Repertoire Opera

Beethoven Fidelio
Bellini La Sonnambula
Berg Lulu
Bizet Carmen
Busoni Doktor Faust
Charpentier Le Malade imaginaire
Délibes Lakmé
Flotow Martha
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel
Janacek The Makropoulos Affair
Kraus Aeneas in Karthago
Lortzing Der Wildschütz
Mozart Così fan tutte
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail
  Die Zauberflöte
  Don Giovanni
  La finta giardiniera
  Le nozze di Figaro
Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
Nono Intolleranza 1960
Puccini La Bohème
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia
Schmidt Notre Dame
Schreker Der ferne Klang
  Die Gezeichneten
Schönberg Moses und Aron
  Pierrot lunaire
Smetana The Bartered Bride
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos
  Der Rosenkavalier
  Die Frau ohne Schatten
Strauß, J. Die Fledermaus
Szymanowski Król Roger
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Verdi Don Carlo
  Il Trovatore
  La Traviata
Wagner Das Rheingold
  Der fliegende Holländer
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  Die Walküre
  Tristan und Isolde
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