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Henrik Nánási celebrated his debut as General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin 2012/2013 with a highly appreciated new production of Mozart´s The Magic Flute staged by Barrie Kosky and with the first Berlin performance of Tchaikovsky´s Mazeppa. In 2013/2014 he conducted a new production of Mozart´s Cosi fan tutte followed by Prokofiev´s The Fiery Angel which was particurarly well received. The Komische Oper Berlin was named „Opera House of the Year“ 2013 by Opera World Magazine. In 2013/2014 Henrik Nánási made his debut with Puccini´s Turandot at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Verdi´s Otello at the Hamburg State Opera and Bizet´s Carmen at the Arena di Verona. He conducted a new production of Rossini´s La Gazza Ladra directed by David Alden at the Oper Frankfurt as well as symphonic concerts with the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Highlights of the season 2014/2015 include his debut with Mozart´s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opernhaus Zürich and Bartók´s Duke Bluebeard´s Castle at

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Henrik Nánási celebrated his debut as General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin 2012/2013 with a highly appreciated new production of Mozart´s The Magic Flute staged by Barrie Kosky and with the first Berlin performance of Tchaikovsky´s Mazeppa. In 2013/2014 he conducted a new production of Mozart´s Cosi fan tutte followed by Prokofiev´s The Fiery Angel which was particurarly well received. The Komische Oper Berlin was named „Opera House of the Year“ 2013 by Opera World Magazine.

In 2013/2014 Henrik Nánási made his debut with Puccini´s Turandot at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Verdi´s Otello at the Hamburg State Opera and Bizet´s Carmen at the Arena di Verona. He conducted a new production of Rossini´s La Gazza Ladra directed by David Alden at the Oper Frankfurt as well as symphonic concerts with the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Highlights of the season 2014/2015 include his debut with Mozart´s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opernhaus Zürich and Bartók´s Duke Bluebeard´s Castle at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. He will return to the Hamburg State Opera, where he will conduct Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi´s La Traviata, and to the Bruckner Orchester Linz to conduct Mahler´s 1st Symphony. At the Komische Oper Berlin he will conduct the new productions of Offenbach´s La Belle Hélène, Mozart´s Don Giovanni and the double bill of Puccini´s Gianni Schicchi and Bartók´s Duke Bluebeard´s Castle in the staging of Calixto Bieito.

Henrik Nánási was born in Pécs/Hungary. After studying piano and composition at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, in 1993 he began studying orchestral conducting, rehearsal techniques and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he graduated with Honours in 1999 and 2000. He received numerous distinctions and scholarships just like the „Scholarship of the Alban Berg Foundation for Composers“, the „Sponsorship Prize of the Michael Ziehrer Foundation“ the „Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth Prize“, the „Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Science Transport and Art“, the „Recognition of the Dr Martha Sobotka - Charlotte Janeczek Foundation for Outstanding Artistic Talent“ and the „Honor of the Global Foundation for Research and Scholarship“.

He worked as a musical assistant at the Covent Garden Royal Opera House under Antonio Pappano and at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, and was intensely active in concerts as a pianist and Lieder accompanist.

Henrik Nánási came to the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in 1999 as a Solo-Répétiteur, before becoming that house's First Kapellmeister in 2002 where he conducted a large repertoire of  over 20 different operas. From 2005 to 2007 he was First Kapellmeister at the Theater Augsburg. Between 2007 and 2010 he was Vice Chief Conductor at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, where especially his interpretations of the first Munich performances of Verdi's I Masnadieri and Giovanna d´Arco were very successful.

His work as a guest conductor has taken him to such venues as the Bavarian State Opera Munich (La Traviata), Semperoper Dresden (L´Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Cenerentola), Oper Frankfurt (L´Etoile, La Bohème, I Masnadieri), Volksoper Vienna (Rusalka, The Merry Widow, Carmen, La Traviata, La Bohème, Countess Mariza, The Bird Seller), Staatstheater Braunschweig (Otello, The Riviera Girl), Nationaltheater Mannheim (The Magic Flute), Theater St Gallen (Alzira, Un ballo in Maschera), Budapest State Operetta (The Bat, The Land of Smiles) and the International Opera Festival Miskolc (Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Gianni Schicchi).

Henrik Nánási's concert work affiliates him the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Palermo, Orchestra Dell´Arena di Verona, Orchestre Symphonique de L´Opera de Toulon, Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck, Staatsorchester Braunschweig,  Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.

Nánási has worked with prominent soloists such as Mischa Maisky, Sabine Meyer, Gerhard Oppitz or Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

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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."

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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
Theater Augsburg

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
Theater Augsburg

Dvorak  Rusalka
Komische Oper Berlin - Volksoper Wien

Flotow  Martha
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Gounod  Roméo et Juliette
Theater Augsburg

Humperdinck  Hänsel und Gretel
Theater Augsburg

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
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
Oper Frankfurt

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

Salieri  Axur, Re d´Ormus
Theater Augsburg

R. StraussDer Rosenkavalier
Komische Oper Berlin

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  I Masnadieri
Oper Frankfurt - Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

Verdi  Nabucco  
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Verdi  Otello
Hamburgische Staatsoper - Theater Augsburg - Staatstheater Braunschweig

Verdi  Rigoletto
Komische Oper Berlin

Verdi  La Traviata 
Hamburgische Staatsoper - Bayerische Staatsoper München - Semperoper Dresden -Volksoper Wien - Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München

 

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

Beethoven  -

Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 7
Triple concerto Op. 56
                       
Berlioz  - 

Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein  - 

On the Town (Three dance episodes)
West side story  -  Mambo

Brahms  - 

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

Bruch  - 

Kol Nidrei

Dvorak 

Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9

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

Honegger  - 

Pacific 231

Janacek 

Sinfonietta

Kodály  - 

Háry János – Suite

Lehár  - 

Gold und Silber-Valse

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 (Italian)
Violin concerto in E minor, Op. 64

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
La Clemenza di Tito - Overture
Requiem

Offenbach  - 

Orphée aux enfers - Overture

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 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  - 

Sinfonia Domestica
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Ein Heldenleben
Also sprach Zarathustra

Suppé  - 

Light cavalry -  Overture
           
Tchaikovsky  - 

Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Romeo and Juliet – Fantasyoverture
Mozartiana
Polonaise  from Eugen Onegin
Violin concerto in D op. 35

Verdi  - 

La forza del destino  -  Overture
Requiem

Wagner  - 

Siegfried-Idyll
Tannhäuser  -  Overture

C.M. Weber  -

Symphony No.1

Webern  -

6 Orchestral pieces Op.6b