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Henrik Nánási has been General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2012, where he has conducted new productions of Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi, La Belle Hélène, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Bartók's A kékszakállú herceg vára (Bluebeard's Castle) and Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel, as well as revivals of Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka and Rigoletto. In June 2016 Massenet's Cendrillon is celebrating its premiere at the Komische Oper Berlin under his baton, in the staging of Damiano Michieletto. Since his appointment in 2012, 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, available on DVD with Opus Arte), the Bayerische Staatsoper München (La Traviata), the Arena di Verona (Carmen, available on DVD with Bel Air Classiques), the Opernhaus Zürich (Le Nozze di Figaro) and

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Henrik Nánási has been General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2012, where he has conducted new productions of Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi, La Belle Hélène, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Bartók's A kékszakállú herceg vára (Bluebeard's Castle) and Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel, as well as revivals of Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka and Rigoletto. In June 2016 Massenet's Cendrillon is celebrating its premiere at the Komische Oper Berlin under his baton, in the staging of Damiano Michieletto.

Since his appointment in 2012, 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, available on DVD with Opus Arte), the Bayerische Staatsoper München (La Traviata), the Arena di Verona (Carmen, available on DVD with Bel Air Classiques), the Opernhaus Zürich (Le Nozze di Figaro) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (A kékszakállú herceg vára)

He has conducted regularly at the Hamburgische Staatsoper (Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata), the Oper Frankfurt (La Bohème, I Masnadieri, L´Étoile, La Gazza Ladra - available on CD with Oehms Classics) and the Semperoper Dresden (L'Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Cenerentola).

During the 2015/2016 season Nánási made his US debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro and he returned to the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia to conduct Verdi's Macbeth with Placido Domingo in the title role.

Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include his debut at the Opéra National de Paris with Die Zauberflöte, his return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, new productions of Werther at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia and Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorochyntsi at the Komische Oper Berlin. On the concert stage, Maestro Nánási will make his debut with the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia.

As a symphonic conductor, Nánási has worked with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bruckner Orchester Linz, 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, as well as with soloists such as Mischa Maisky, Sabine Meyer, Håkan Hardenberger, Albrecht Mayer, Baiba Skride, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gerhard Oppitz and Michael Barenboim.

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 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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"Likewise, conductor Henrik Nánási led with consummate style. Without ever wandering from the score, Nánási brought out details with subtly effective tempos and satisfying phrasing. The overture built dynamically to the concluding bars to coincide with the stage action. For the brass contingent, the trumpets and horns fit nicely with the richly voiced string textures, just as the woodwinds had the full burnish of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Continuity was remarkable; the orchestral passages and recitative from the keyboard were seamless. Nánási allowed stylish decoration, as with Amanda Majeski’s masterful reading of the third-act aria “Dove sono.”"

James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard International

"„Fantastique“ lautete das Motto des 6. Sinfoniekonzertes. Und nicht weniger fantastisch war der inspirierende Einfluss, den der Gastdirigent Henrik Nánási auf die Essener Philharmoniker ausübte."

DerWesten

"The Lyric Opera’s mainly young singers respond beautifully to the young (forty-year-old) Hungarian director Henrik Nánási. A tiny bundle of energy, he is the music director of the Komische Oper Berlin, so he knows his way around opera buffa. The orchestra is with him through all the hushed sequences of whispered schemings or braying moments of (mainly deceived) triumph."

Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books

"What is perhaps even more remarkable is the way the Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási, general music director of the Komische Oper in Berlin and new to these shores, finds so much room to breathe within the most frenetic of arias (such as Bartolo’s in the first act)."

Dan Wang, Bachtrack

"Von der Orchesterleistung her war der Abend überhaupt ein Ereignis, denn das Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (das trotz mancher Umstellungen seine hohe klangliche Qualität beibehalten hat) realisierte in bewundernswerter Weise die Vorgaben des Dirigenten Henrik Nánási. Der junge Ungar (der in Wien an der Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst studiert hat) überzeugte in jedem Moment durch die kluge Gliederung von Verdis Musik, peitschte die grausigen Szenen nach König Duncans Ermordung oder bei der zweiten Hexenbefragung zu erregenden Höhepunkten, ließ aber auch die Einleitung zur Nachtwandelszene in verstörendem Ton erklingen. Eine beeindruckende Leistung des Klangkörpers und seines Leiters, ergänzt durch den fabelhaften Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana unter Francesc Perales, der immer wieder nicht nur mit seiner machtvollen Stimmschönheit beeindruckt, sondern auch mit ungeheuer präziser Diktion."

Eva Pleus, Der Opernfreund

"Los primeros compases fueron ejecutados a un ritmo trepidante que hicieron temer unos tempi acelerados en exceso, pero no fue así. Nánási supo incluir las dosis requeridas de cada ingrediente para que la tensión dramática y la emoción estuviesen presentes en todo momento, honrando la partitura con acentos de puro sabor verdiano y llevando a cabo un control milimétrico de cuanto se desarrollaba en foso y escena. Supo extraer las mejores prestaciones de una orquesta que volvió a maravillar a lugareños y foráneos, con algunos matices espectaculares. Mostró autoridad en el control de los concertantes y cuidó a los cantantes con pulcritud, administrando sabiamente los volúmenes orquestales. Me pareció una dirección sobresaliente. "

Atticus, Classissima

"Como director musical, el húngaro Henrik Nánási firmó una versión de Macbeth desgarradora, que desentrañó las pasiones de los personajes hasta dejarlos abiertos en canal y dejar al aire sus traiciones. Con una Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana que respondió con gran brillantez, Nánási realizó una dirección de precisión milimétrica, con sutiles fraseos y contundencia dramática."

EFE, Radio Intereconomia

"Pero, ante todo, hay mucho donde disfrutar con la dirección musical de Henrik Nánási y la inmediata respuesta de la Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, caracterizada por la rectitud, la seguridad rítmica, la exactitud en el ajuste, la proporcionalidad de los planos, la calidad instrumental y la estupenda concertación. No hay en este «Macbeth» pasión mediterránea: el punto de vista es sobrio, suficientemente decidido y un punto arrogante. Orden y contundencia, aparente frialdad como fondo a la zigzagueante y humana existencia del protagonista."

ALBERTO GONZÁLEZ LAPUENTE, ABC

"Muy interesante la lectura del joven director Nanasi que ya gustó mucho en un reciente Castillo de Barbazul. Tiene hechuras, personalidad y talento para ser una batuta a tener muy en cuenta en el futuro. Dirigió con pulso verdiano, que me llamó la atención dada su formación centroeuropea más que italiana, firme y muy ordenado. Los acelerandos perfectamente medidos, tuvieron todo el sentido, otorgando una intensidad volcánica como en el coro que cierra el primer acto. Recibió aplausos aunque entiendo que mereció más por parte del público."

JOAQUÍN GUZMÁN, ABC

"El desempeño musical de Henrik Nánási, con la complicidad eficaz de la orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, es de una completa riqueza sonora, con una elegancia manifiesta en los timbres y en los matices, absoluta su conexión con el territorio vocal de los artistas y una antena permanente puesta en el núcleo del escenario. Dirige como un italiano, ¡qué más se podría escribir de él! Joven y cargado de esperanzas, este maestro especial."

Alicia Perris, Blogspot

"[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

"[...] 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

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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

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
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  - Eugene Onegin
Komische Oper Berlin

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  
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
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