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Henrik Nánási is the General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin where he celebrated his debut in 2012/2013 with a highly appreciated new production of The Magic Flute staged by Barrie Kosky. He conducted there the first Berlin performance of Tchaikovsky´s Mazeppa as well as new productions of Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Offenbach´s La Belle Hélène and 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. 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. He came to the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in 1999 as a Solo-Rép

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Henrik Nánási is the General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin where he celebrated his debut in 2012/2013 with a highly appreciated new production of The Magic Flute staged by Barrie Kosky. He conducted there the first Berlin performance of Tchaikovsky´s Mazeppa as well as new productions of Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Offenbach´s La Belle Hélène and 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.

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.
He came to the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in 1999 as a Solo-Répétiteur before becoming that house's First Kapellmeister in 2002, followed by engagements as First Kapellmeister at the Theater Augsburg and as Vice Chief Conductor at the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in Munich where especially his interpretations of the first Munich performances of Giuseppe Verdi's I Masnadieri and Giovanna d´Arco were very successful.

Today he is a frequent guest in numerous major opera houses.
Recent seasons´ highlights include his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London with Turandot (also released as DVD), the Bavarian State Opera in Munich with La Traviata and the Arena di Verona with Carmen which was worldwide broadcasted live by several TV channels. He made his debut with Verdi`s Otello at the Hamburg State Opera where he will return to conduct Lucia di Lammermoor and La Traviata. At the Oper Frankfurt he conducted the new productions of Chabrier´s L´Étoile and Rossini´s La Gazza Ladra, while at the Semperoper Dresden L´Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and La Cenerentola.
Most recently he made his debut at the Opernhaus Zürich with Le Nozze di Figaro and at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia with Béla Bartók´s Duke Bluebeard´s Castle.

Nánási's concert work affiliates him the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
He worked with prominent soloists such as Mischa Maisky, Sabine Meyer, Hakan Hardenberger, Gerhard Oppitz, Baiba Skride or Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

He received numerous distinctions and scholarships such as 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“.

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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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W.F.Bach  -  

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Barber  - 

Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings

Bartók  - 

Concerto for Orchestra
Divertimento
The Miraculous Mandarin - Suite
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Dance-Suite

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Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 7
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Berlioz  - 

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Bernstein  - 

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

Brahms  - 

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Double concerto op. 102
Hungarian Dances No. 1, 4, 5, 6
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Bruch  - 

Kol Nidrei

Dvorak 

Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 9

Fáncsik  -

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Gershwin  -

Rhapsody in Blue
Cuban Overture
Strike up the Band  -  Overture
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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
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Händel 

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Herzogenberg   - 

Symphony No. 2

Hidas

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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  - 

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Mendelssohn  - 

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Mozart  - 

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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”
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Clarinet concerto in A major  KV 622
Concerto for Flute and Harp KV 299
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Offenbach  - 

Orphée aux enfers - Overture

Orff  -

Carmina Burana

Ponchielli  - 

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Prokofiev  -

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Ravel  - 

Bolero
La Valse

Rimski-Korsakov  -

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Rossini 

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Shostakovich

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Schubert  - 

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Schumann  - 

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Stookey  - 

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J. Strauss  - 

various Valses, Polkas, Marches, Overtures

R. Strauss  - 

Sinfonia Domestica
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Suppé  - 

Light cavalry -  Overture
           
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Symphony No. 4
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Mozartiana
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Verdi  - 

La forza del destino  -  Overture
Requiem

Wagner  - 

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Tannhäuser  -  Overture

C.M. Weber  -

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Webern  -

6 Orchestral pieces Op.6b