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Henrik Nánási

Conductor

Henrik Nánási

Biography



General Music Director, Komische Oper Berlin

Henrik Nánási has been General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2012, where he has conducted new productions of Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi, La Belle Hélène, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Bartók's A kékszakállú herceg vára (Bluebeard's Castle), Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel and Massenet's Cendrillon, as well as revivals of Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka and Rigoletto.

Since his appointment in 2012, the Komische Oper Berlin has been named ”Opera House of the Year 2013“ by Opera World Magazine and ”Opera Company of the Year 2015“ at the Opera Awards.

In recent seasons Henrik Nánási made his debut at several major opera houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Turandot, available on DVD with Opus Arte), the Bayerische Staatsoper München (La traviata), the Arena di Verona (Carmen, available on DVD with Bel Air Classiques), the Opernhaus Zürich (Le nozze di Figaro), the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (A kékszakállú herceg vára) and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Die Zauberflöte).

He has conducted regularly at the Hamburgische Staatsoper (Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, La traviata), the Oper Frankfurt (La Bohème, I masnadieri, L´Étoile, La gazza ladra - available on CD with Oehms Classics) and the Semperoper Dresden (L'italiana in Algeri, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, La traviata, La Cenerentola).

During the 2015/2016 season Nánási made his US debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with a new production of Le nozze di Figaro and he returned to the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia to conduct Verdi's Macbeth with Placido Domingo in the title role. For this performance he received the “Helga de Oro” Award as Best Conductor 2016.

Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include his debut at the Opéra National de Paris with Die Zauberflöte, his return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Il barbiere di Siviglia, new productions of Werther at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia and Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorochyntsi at the Komische Oper Berlin. On the concert stage, Maestro Nánási will make his debut with the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia.

As a symphonic conductor, Nánási has worked with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Essener Philharmoniker, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Palermo, as well as with soloists such as Mischa Maisky, Sabine Meyer, Håkan Hardenberger, Albrecht Mayer, Baiba Skride, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gerhard Oppitz and Michael Barenboim.

Henrik Nánási was born in Pécs/Hungary. After studying piano and composition at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest he continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in orchestral conducting, rehearsal techniques and composition. He worked as a musical assistant at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Antonio Pappano as well as at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, and he was intensely active in concerts as a pianist and Lieder accompanist.

After first engagements at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Theater Augsburg he became First Conductor and Vice Chief Conductor at the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in Munich.

He received numerous distinctions and scholarships like the ”Scholarship of the Alban Berg Foundation for Composers,” the ”Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth Prize“ and the ”Recognition of the Dr Martha Sobotka - Charlotte Janeczek Foundation for Outstanding Artistic Talent.”

Photo by Gunnar Geller