The General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin from 2012 to 2017, Henrik Nánási conducted new productions of Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi, La Belle Hélène, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, The Fiery Angel, La clemenza di Tito, Cendrillon and The Fair at Sorochyntsi, as well as revivals of Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka and Rigoletto, among others. 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.
Highlights of Mo Nánási’s 2021/22 season include the new productions of Janáček’s Jenůfa at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the San Francisco Opera, as well as Werther at Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Roméo et Juliette at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Madama Butterfly at ABAO Bilbao Opera. On the concert podium he will lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli.
Mo. Nánási has regularly conducted at several major opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera (Iolanta, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Turandot, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Salome, Simon Boccanegra), Teatro alla Scala (Elektra), San Francisco Opera (Elektra, Le Nozze di Figaro), Bayerische Staatsoper München (La Traviata), Opéra National de Paris (Die Zauberflöte), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Die Zauberflöte, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly), Opernhaus Zürich (Le Nozze di Figaro), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte), Arena di Verona (Carmen), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Macbeth, Werther, Iolanta), Hamburgische Staatsoper (Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata), Oper Frankfurt (La Bohème, I Masnadieri, L’Étoile, La Gazza Ladra, Otello), Semperoper Dresden (L’Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Cenerentola).
On the concert stage, he has worked with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Essener Philharmoniker, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Palermo.
His recording projects include DVD recordings of the Royal Opera’s Turandot (available with Opus Arte), the Arena di Verona’s Carmen (available with Bel Air Classiques) and the CD recording of the Oper Frankfurt’s La Gazza Ladra (available with Oehms Classics).
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, coaching, and composition. He worked as a musical assistant at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Sir 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 early engagements in Klagenfurt and Augsburg, he became First Conductor and Vice Chief Conductor at the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in Munich before he moved to Berlin in 2012. Mo. Nánási is married to composer Veronika Ágnes Fáncsik, they currently live in Berlin.