Patrik Ringborg is one of Sweden's most internationally acclaimed conductors. He has conducted nearly 80 operas and has a vast concert repertory. Ringborg was born in Stockholm, where he studied at the Musikhögskola from 1983–87. After being engaged a repetiteur at the Royal Swedish Opera, where he debuted as a conductor in 1993, he became a conductor at the Theater Freiburg. After debuting at the Aalto Theater in Essen he was appointed music director there in 1999. He returned to Freiburg as music director in 2006, and was appointed general music director at the Kassel Staatstheater in 2007, where he has led 20 new productions and over 200 concerts.
Ringborg has conducted at the Semperoper in Dresden, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar, the Volksoper in Vienna, and the Norwegian National Opera. In 2012 he debuted at the Cologne Opera with Der Rosenkavalier, in which Dame Kiri Te Kanawa made her farewell performance. He has conducted more than 30 orchestras in Germany and many other orchestras internationally, and has worked with all the major Swedish orchestras. He conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for the first time in 2009 and most recently in 2013 in a program including music from Ragnarök.
After debuting at the Göteborg Opera with Tannhäuser in 1998, he was appointed principal guest conductor there in 2000. Over the next eight years he directed all of the Opera’s Wagner productions, including the Gothenburg premieres of Tristan und Isolde in 2003, Die Walküre in 2004, and Salome in 2011. In 2008 he conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. In 2013 he made his conductor’s debut at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm in the much-publicized premiere of Parsifal directed by Christof Loy. He will return to Stockholm in 2016 for the world premiere of Daniel Börtz’s Medea. In 2014 Ringborg was awarded Svenska Dagbladet’s Opera Prize for the productions Parsifal and Das Rheingold.