Henrik Schaefer is the Music Director of the Opera of Gothenburg, Sweden. This opera house with his 86 member strong excellent orchestra, his good ensemble, one of the best choirs of Sweden and the internationally praised ballet is one of the leading houses in Northern Europe.
At the age of 22 Henrik Schaefer joined the Berlin Philharmonic as a viola player; the then youngest member of the orchestra. In the year 2000 he was chosen by Claudio Abbado as his assistant.
His own conducting career began with a ballet production of the Rite of Spring with the Leipzig Ballet and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
In 2007 he was chosen as Chief Conductor for the Wermland Opera in Sweden after a production of Parsifal. Here he earned international acclaim with the 5 entire Ring cycles (all 4 operas premiered in the same week!).
His opera repertoire includes The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Eugen Onegin, Faust, La Traviata, La Boheme, Falstaff, Hamlet, Les dialogues des Carmelites, Hänsel and Gretel, Daphne, Elektra, Ariadne, The Flying Dutchman, Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan and Parsifal.
As a concert conductor he is a worldwide well received guest with the Tokyo Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, Holland Symfonia, Norrköping Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan, the Swedish and Dutch Radio Orchestras, New Japan Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Hongkong Philharmonic and the orchestras in Nürnberg, Aalborg, Antwerpen, Enschede, Kristiansand, Tromsö and Madrid.