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, Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, Massenet’s Cendrillon and Mussorgsky’s The Fair at Sorochyntsi as well as revivals of Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka and Rigoletto. 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 2019/2020 season have included his return to the San Francisco Opera with a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, the Gran Teatro de Liceu in Barcelona with Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Madama Butterfly.
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 and San Francisco Opera (Elektra), Bayerische Staatsoper München (La Traviata), Opéra National de Paris and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Die Zauberflöte), Lyric Opera of Chicago and 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, Radio-Symphonieorchester 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, 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).
Mo. 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 engagements in Klagenfurt and Augsburg, he became First Conductor and Vice Chief Conductor at the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in Munich.