Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási made his Royal Opera House debut in 2013 conducting?Turandot?and has since returned to conduct?Il barbiere di Siviglia. He returns in the 2017/18 Season to conduct?Salome.
Nánási was born in Pécs and studied piano, composition and conducting at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2007 he?became First Kapellmeister at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich. He was General Music Director of Komische Oper Berlin 2012–17, where he conducted new productions of Eugene Onegin, Mazepa, Gianni Schicchi, Die?Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, La Belle Hélène, Duke Bluebeard's Castle, The Fiery Angel, Cendrillon and The Fair at Sorochïntsi, as well as revivals of Der Rosenkavalier, Rigoletto and Rusalka.
Nánási has conducted opera internationally for companies including Bavarian State Opera (La traviata), Arena di Verona (Carmen), Zürich Opera (Le nozze di Figaro), Palau?de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia (Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Macbeth, Werther), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Le nozze di Figaro), Liceu, Barcelona and Paris Opéra (Die Zauberflöte), San Francisco Opera (Elektra), Hamburg State Opera?(Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, La traviata), Rome Opera (La bohème, Die Zauberflöte),? Frankfurt Opera (La bohème, I masnadieri, L'Étoile, La gazza ladra, Otello) and Semperoper Dresden (L'italiana in Algeri, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, La traviata, La Cenerentola). He has worked with orchestras including Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Essener Philharmoniker, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo and?Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia.
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