Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 conducting Rigoletto and has since returned to conduct La traviata. In the 2014/15 Season he conducts La bohème for the Company.
Ettinger was born in Israel. He started piano lessons aged five, and later studied the double bass and took singing lessons. He continued his vocal training at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University and went on to sing as a professional baritone in Israel. He joined the faculties of the Rubin Academy of Music and the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem as a vocal coach and accompanist, before shifting career to conducting. After working as house conductor and chorus master at the Israeli Opera, he became Assistant to Daniel Barenboim, and then resident conductor at the Berlin State Opera. He is currently Music Director of Mannheim Opera House, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ettinger’s operatic engagements have included Der Ring des Nibelungen, Tosca, Falstaff, La bohème and L’Amour des trois oranges (Mannheim), Aida, Otello and Carmen (Vienna State Opera), La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro and La bohème (Bavarian State Opera), Die Fledermaus (New National Theatre, Tokyo), Le nozze di Figaro (Paris Opéra) and Turandot (Metropolitan Opera, New York). He also works regularly with leading orchestras in concert, and has conducted the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mannheim Opera House and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, in repertory including works by Holst, Ravel, Orff and Tchaikovsky.