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Henrik Nánási has been General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin since the 2012/2013 season, where he conducted new productions of Mazeppa, Gianni Schicchi, La Belle Hélène, Bartók´s Duke Bluebeard´s Castle and Prokofiev´s The Fiery Angel as well as a new Mozart cycle of The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. 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, also released as DVD), the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich (La Traviata), the Arena di Verona (Carmen, which was broadcasted live on ARTE and several TV channels worldwide), the Opernhaus Zürich (Le Nozze di Figaro) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Duke Bluebeard´s Castle). He has been a regular guest conductor at the Hamburgische Staatsoper (Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata), the Oper Frankfurt (La Bohème,

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Henrik Nánási has been General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin since the 2012/2013 season, where he conducted new productions of Mazeppa, Gianni Schicchi, La Belle Hélène, Bartók´s Duke Bluebeard´s Castle and Prokofiev´s The Fiery Angel as well as a new Mozart cycle of The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni.
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, also released as DVD), the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich (La Traviata), the Arena di Verona (Carmen, which was broadcasted live on ARTE and several TV channels worldwide), the Opernhaus Zürich (Le Nozze di Figaro) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Duke Bluebeard´s Castle).
He has been a regular guest conductor at the Hamburgische Staatsoper (Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata), the Oper Frankfurt (La Bohème, I Masnadieri, L´Étoile, La Gazza Ladra) and the Semperoper Dresden (L´Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Cenerentola).
Highlights of the season 2015/2016 include his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro and his return to the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia to conduct Verdi´s Macbeth with Placido Domingo in the title role.
At the Komische Oper Berlin he will conduct new productions of Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Onegin and Massenet´s Cendrillon.

Nánási's concert work affiliates him the Bruckner Orchester Linz, RSO Wien, 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.
He has worked with prominent stage directors such as Calixto Bieito, David Alden, Marco Arturo Marelli, Barrie Kosky and Alvis Hermanis as well as soloists such as Mischa Maisky, Sabine Meyer, Hakan Hardenberger, Albrecht Mayer, Gerhard Oppitz, Baiba Skride or Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

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 just 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“.

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"[Henrik Nanasi] is a frequent presence today in major opera houses which is not surprising: he is an excellent conductor. The Fiery Angel needs a baton of the highest level, and Mr. Nanasi has achieved a personal triumph. Under him the orchestra sounded much better than what I’ve heard from them in the past."

José M. Irurzun, Seen and Heard International

"The musical direction was in the hands of young Hungarian Henrik Nanasi[...] His reading was very appropriate with lively timings, but space was always left for the singers to breathe and the orchestra produced a generally good performance. "

José M. Irurzun, Seen And Heard International

"[...] Maestro Henrik Nánási with his moderately sized Staatskapelle Dresden gave a judiciously paced and buoyant performance that set the tone splendidly. In fact their playing was impeccable all evening. I loved the way the Hungarian maestro allowed suitable pauses in the music for the audience to show their appreciation after an aria and to allow the singer time to take a bow if they wished."

Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International

"Henrik Nánási’s [...] led a reading of great distinction. He kept the piece flowing beautifully and was alert to all the quicksilver changes of mood that abound in the work. [...] He also elicited some ravishing playing from the Komische orchestra who once again revealed themselves as an excellent band. The end of Act 1 in particular was wonderfully played."

Operatraveller

"Under the exemplary direction of Henrik Nánási, who is the General Musical Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Bruckner Orchestra unfolds magnificent heights, outgrows himself, without leaving any artistic expressions to be desired. [...] His interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony Nr. 1, The Titan, left a strong impression. In an atmospheric and figurative way, the first and second movement of the symphony appeared like audible paintings: rich in detail and variety. The last two movements reflected precisely and conscientiously all stages of a fateful, human comedy with its gigantic faultlines and thrilling side glances. The orchestra rose way above himself like they hadn´t for a long time. Emphatic, thrilling and touching."

Franz Zamazal, nachrichten.at

"In case of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, this conductor succeeds in inspiring his audience. Henrik Nánási, the current General Musical Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, encourages the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona to compelling passion and flaming tension through strict tempi as well as numerous nuances and colours. Although he is a debutant in Verona, he keeps the huge dimensions of the Arena with ist large orchestra, chorus and soloists, effortless together."

Helmut Christian Mayer, urier.at, opernnetz.de

"Aber was GMD Henrik Nánási und sein Orchester mit geradezu liebevoller Hingabe aus der Partitur herausholen und so funkeln lassen, dass man sich im Traum nicht nach der Unsitte der Mirkoports sehnt, und was sie geradezu tolldreist mit allem möglichen, vor allem mit Wagner-Schnipseln würzen, das zündet beim Publikum als die große Show mit etwas Hintersinn, als die es gemeint ist."

Joachim Lange, Online Musik Magazin

"Generalmusikdirektor Henrik Nánási sorgt mit seinem exquisit aufspielenden Orchester dafür, dass Offenbachs Musik inmitten des szenischen Trubels zu ihrem Recht kommt. Aus dem Graben erklingen die Melodien mit prickelndem Esprit, federnder Rhythmik und delikatester Dynamik, und die drei Aktfinale schnurren in bestechender Präzision ab."

Karin Coper, Opernnetz

"Das Orchester unter Henrik Nánási setzt dem in kleiner Besetzung vollendet ausgehörte, kantable Linien entgegen, die eigentliche "Echtheit" Offenbachs. "

Matthias Nöther, Berliner Morgenpost

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Opera


Auber Fra Diavolo
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Bartók  - A Kékszakállú Herceg Vára (Duke Bluebeard´s Castle)
Komische Oper Berlin – Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia –
International Operafestival Miskolc

Beethoven  -  Fidelio (original version)
Komische Oper Berlin

Bellini  Norma
Theater Augsburg – Stadttheater Klagenfurt 

Berlioz  Beatrice et Benedict
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Bernstein  Candide
Stadttheater Osnabrück

Bizet  Carmen
Arena di Verona - Komische Oper Berlin - Volksoper Wien –
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Chabrier  L´Etoile
Oper Frankfurt

Donizetti  Don Pasquale 
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Donizetti  L`Elisir d`Amore
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Donizetti  Lucia di Lammermoor
Hamburgische Staatsoper

Donizetti  Maria Stuarda
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Dvorak  Rusalka
Komische Oper Berlin - Volksoper Wien

Flotow  Martha
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Gounod  Roméo et Juliette
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Humperdinck  Hänsel und Gretel
Theater Augsburg

Massenet Cendrillon
Komische Oper Berlin

Mozart  -  La Clemenza di Tito
Komische Oper Berlin

Mozart  Così fan tutte
Komische Oper Berlin – Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Mozart  Don Giovanni
Komische Oper Berlin - Südthüringisches Staatstheater Meiningen

Mozart  Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Wiener Mozart Oper

Mozart  Le Nozze di Figaro
Lyric Opera of Chicago - Opernhaus Zürich - Komische Oper Berlin - Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Mozart  Die Zauberflöte
Komische Oper Berlin –Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München – Nationaltheater Mannheim
Stadttheater Klagenfurt - Wiener Mozart Oper

Prokofiev  The Fiery Angel
Komische Oper Berlin

Puccini  La Bohème
Semperoper Dresden - Volksoper Wien - Oper Frankfurt –
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Puccini  Gianni Schicchi
Komische Oper Berlin - International Operafestival Miskolc

Puccini  Madama Butterfly
Semperoper Dresden - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Puccini  Tosca
Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck - Theater Augsburg - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Puccini  Turandot
Royal Opera House Covent Garden - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Rossini  Il Barbiere di Siviglia  
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München - Wiener Kammeroper

Rossini  La Cenerentola
Semperoper Dresden - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Rossini  La Gazza Ladra
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Rossini  L´Italiana in Algeri
Semperoper Dresden - Theater Augsburg – Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Salieri  Axur, Re d´Ormus
Theater Augsburg

R. StraussDer Rosenkavalier
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Stravinsky  The Rake´s Progress
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Tchaikovsky  Mazeppa
Komische Oper Berlin

Tchaikovsky  Pique Dame
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Verdi  Alzira
Theater St.Gallen

Verdi  Un Ballo in Maschera
Theater St Gallen

Verdi  Don Carlo  
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Verdi  Giovanna D´Arco
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Verdi  Macbeth
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia

Verdi  I Masnadieri
Oper Frankfurt - Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Verdi  Nabucco  
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Verdi  Otello
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Verdi  Rigoletto
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Verdi  La Traviata 
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Operetta

E. Kálmán  -  Die Csárdásfürstin
Staatstheater Braunschweig.

E. Kálmán  -  Gräfin Mariza
Volksoper Wien - Budapest State Operetta

Lehár  Das Land des Lächelns 
Budapest State Operetta - Theater Ulm - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Lehár  Die Lustige Witwe
Volksoper Wien –Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München – Theater Augsburg

Lehár  Eva  
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Offenbach  La Belle Hélène
Komische Oper Berlin - Stadttheater Klagenfurt

J. Strauss  -  Die Fledermaus
Budapest State Operetta – Thurn und Taxis Festival Regensburg

J. Strauss  -  Eine Nacht in Venedig
Wiener Kammeroper

J. Strauss Wiener Blut
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Suppé  Boccaccio
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Zeller  Der Vogelhändler
Volksoper Wien


Concert


C.P.E.Bach  - 

Flute concerto in D minor

W.F.Bach  -  

Symphony in D major

Barber  - 

Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings

Bartók  - 

Concerto for Orchestra
Divertimento
The Miraculous Mandarin - Suite
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Dance-Suite
Violin Concerto No. 2

Beethoven  -

Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 7
Triple Concerto, Op. 56
Egmont Overture, Op. 84
„Ah, perfido!“ Concert Aria, Op. 65
                       
Berlioz  - 

Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein  - 

On the Town (Three dance episodes)

Broström -

Lucernaris – Trumpet Concerto

Brahms  - 

Symphony No. 2
Haydn-Variations Op. 56a
Double concerto Op. 102
Hungarian Dances No. 1, 4, 5, 6
Violin Concerto, Op. 77

Bruch  - 

Kol Nidrei

Chopin  -

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor

Dvorak 

Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9
Cello Concerto, Op. 104

Fáncsik  -

Concertino for Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Orchestra (2013)

Gershwin  -

Rhapsody in Blue
Cuban Overture
Strike up the Band  -  Overture
„I got rhythm“ – Variations for piano and orchestra

Glinka  - 

Ruslan and  Ljudmila  -  Overture

Haydn  - 

Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 22
Symphony No. 44
Symphony No. 60
Symphony No. 88
Symphony No. 92
Symphony No. 94
Symphony No. 102
Symphony No. 104 
Cello concerto No. 1 in C
Cello concerto No. 2 in D

Händel 

Der Messias

Herzogenberg   - 

Symphony No. 2

Hidas

Oboe Concerto No. 1

Honegger  - 

Pacific 231

Janacek 

Sinfonietta

Kodály  - 

Tänze aus Galántha
Háry János – Suite

Lehár  - 

Gold und Silber, Op. 79

Liszt 

Hungarian Rhapsody No 2

Mahler

Symphony No. 1
Rückert-Lieder

Mascagni 

Cavalleria Rusticana – Intermezzo

Martucci  - 

Piano concerto No 2 in B flat minor Op. 66

Mendelssohn  - 

Symphony No. 4
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
„Infelice!“ Concert Aria, Op. 94

Mozart  - 

Symphony No. 25 in G minor K183
Symphony No. 29 in A major K 201
Symphony No. 36 in C major K 425 „Linz“
Symphony No. 38 in D major K 504 „Prague“
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K 543
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K 550
Symphony No. 41 in C major K 551 “Jupiter”
Haffner-Serenade in D KV 250
Bassoon Concerto B flat major K 191
Clarinet Concerto in A major  KV 622
Concerto for Flute and Harp KV 299
“Ombra felice” Concert Aria, KV 255
Requiem in D minor, KV 626

Offenbach  - 

Orphée aux enfers – Overture
La Vie Parisienne – Overture
Gaité Parisienne – Overture
La Fille du tambour-major – Overture
Les fées du Rhin - Overture
Schuler-Polka

Orff  -

Carmina Burana

Ponchielli  - 

“Dance of the hours” from “La Gioconda”

Prokofiev  -

Romeo and Juliet Suites

Ravel  - 

Bolero
La Valse

Rimski-Korsakov  -

Flight of the bumblebee

Rossini 

Guillaume Tell  -  Overture

Shostakovich

Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Schubert  - 

Symphony No. 8 („Unfinished“)

Schumann  - 

Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 4
Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54

Stookey  - 

The composer is dead

J. Strauss  - 

various Valses, Polkas, Marches, Overtures

R. Strauss  - 

Don Juan
Sinfonia Domestica
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Ein Heldenleben
Also sprach Zarathustra

Suppé  - 

Light cavalry -  Overture
           
Tchaikovsky  - 

Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6
Romeo and Juliet – Fantasyoverture
Mozartiana
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Verdi  - 

La forza del destino  -  Overture
Requiem

Wagner  - 

Siegfried-Idyll
Tannhäuser  -  Overture

C.M. Weber  -

Symphony No.1
Der Freischütz - Overture

Webern  -

6 Orchestral pieces Op.6b