The General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin from 2012 to 2017, Henrik Nánási has conducted new productions of Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi, La Belle Hélène, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel and Massenet’s Cendrillon, as well as revivals of Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka and Rigoletto. During 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 Mo. Nánási made his debut at several major opera houses including 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), the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Die Zauberflöte).
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), with and the Semperoper Dresden (L’Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Cenerentola).
On the concert stage, Henrik Nánási has worked with the RSO Wien, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Essener Philharmoniker, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Palermo.
Highlights of the 2017/2018 season include his debuts at the San Francisco Opera with Elektra, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma with La Bohème, and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples with Rigoletto, as well as his return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden conducting Strauss’ Salome. On the concert podium he will be conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Essener Philharmoniker, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia and the Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli.
Mo. Nánási’s 2016/2017 season started with Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, followed by his debut at the Opéra National de Paris with Die Zauberflöte, and new productions of Mussorgsky’s The Fair at Sorochyntsi at the Komische Oper Berlin and Massenet’s Werther at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia.
During the 2015/2016 season he 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.
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 in Klagenfurt and Augsburg he became First Conductor and Vice Chief Conductor at the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in Munich.