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 2018/2019 season include his debut at The Metropolitan Opera with Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, his return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Simon Boccanegra, and the Opéra National de Paris with Die Zauberflöte. In addition, he will conduct Otello at the Oper Frankfurt, Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Iolanta at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. On the concert podium he will conduct the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the Essener Philharmoniker.
Mo. Nánási has regularly conducted at several major opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Turandot, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Salome), Bayerische Staatsoper München (La Traviata), Opéra National de Paris (Die Zauberflöte), San Francisco Opera (Elektra), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Le Nozze di Figaro), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (La Bohème), Arena di Verona (Carmen), Opernhaus Zürich (Le Nozze di Figaro), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Macbeth, Werther), Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Die Zauberflöte), Hamburgische Staatsoper (Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata), Oper Frankfurt (La Bohème, I Masnadieri, L’Étoile, La Gazza Ladra), Semperoper Dresden (L’Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Cenerentola).
On the concert stage, he has worked with the 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 and the 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.