Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási made his Royal Opera House debut in 2013 conducting Turandot. He returns in the 2016/17 Season to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Nánási was born in 1975 in Pécs, and began his training at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, studying piano and composition. From 1993 to 2000 he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, graduating with distinction. In 1999 he joined the Stadttheater Klagenfurt as a solo répétiteur and was appointed First Kapellmeister there in 2002, a role he later took up at the Theater Augsburg and the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich. In 2012 he was appointed General Music Director at the Komische Oper Berlin. He has also conducted for opera companies including Bavarian State Opera, Semperoper Dresden and Frankfurt Opera.
Nánási’s many awards include multiple scholarships from the Alban Berg Foundation, sponsorship from the Michael Ziehrer Foundation and prizes from the Richard Wagner Foundation, the Dr Martha Sobotka-Charlotte Janeczek Foundation and the Global Foundation for Research and Scholarship.