Henrik Nánási

conductor - Former General Music Director at Komische Oper Berlin

The General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin from 2012 to 2017, Henrik Nánási conducted new productions of MazeppaEugene OneginGianni SchicchiLa Belle HélèneDie ZauberflöteCosì fan tutteDon GiovanniDuke Bluebeard’s CastleThe Fiery AngelLa clemenza di TitoCendrillon and The Fair at Sorochyntsi, as well as revivals of FalstaffDer RosenkavalierRusalka 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 M° Nánási’s 2023/24 season include the house debut at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville with a new production of Tristan und IsoldeI Vespri Siciliani at Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Der fliegende Holländer at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a brand new production of Halévy’s La Juive at Oper Frankfurt. On the concert podium he will conduct Verdi Requiem with the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and the Santa Cecilia Concert with Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.

M° Nánási is a regular guest at the world’s major opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera (IolantaDuke Bluebeard’s Castle), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (TurandotIl Barbiere di SivigliaSalomeSimon BoccanegraJenůfa – awarded with an Olivier Award 2022 as Best New Opera Production), Teatro alla Scala (Elektra), San Francisco Opera (ElektraLe Nozze di FigaroCosì fan tutte), Bayerische Staatsoper München (La TraviataRusalka), Opéra National de Paris (Die Zauberflöte), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Die ZauberflöteCavalleria Rusticana/PagliacciTosca), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Le Nozze di FigaroMadama ButterflyCarmen), Opernhaus Zürich (Le Nozze di Figaro), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (La BohèmeDie Zauberflöte), Arena di Verona (Carmen), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Duke Bluebeard’s CastleMacbethWertherIolanta), Hamburgische Staatsoper (OtelloLucia di LammermoorLa Traviata), Oper Frankfurt (La BohèmeI MasnadieriL’ÉtoileLa Gazza LadraOtello), Semperoper Dresden (L’Italiana in AlgeriLa BohèmeMadama ButterflyLa TraviataLa Cenerentola), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Roméo et Juliette), ABAO Bilbao Opera (Madama Butterfly), Opéra de Monte-Carlo (Werther).

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, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Modena.

His recording projects include DVD recordings of the Royal Opera’s Turandot and Jenůfa (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. M° Nánási is married to composer Veronika Ágnes Fáncsik, they currently live in Berlin.