Henrik Nánási and the Orchestra of Komische Oper Berlin
Conductor Henrik Nánási, who was born in Pécs, has been musicl director of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2012. In 2013 Opernwelt magazine named the institution Opera House of the Year, and in 2015 the company received the International Opera Award. In the 2015–2016 season, Nánási made his debut, among other places, in the United States, conducting The Marriage of Figaro at the Chicago Lyric Opera. He later returned to Valencia, where he conducted Verdi’s Macbeth, with Plácido Domingo in the title role. The latter production earned him the 2016 Helga de Oro for the best conductor. Soon he will conduct Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Paris Opera, and Strauss’s Elektra at the San Francisco Opera.
Nánási has already worked with the company of the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden (Puccini: Turandot), and that of the Bavarian State Opera (Verdi: La traviata), has conducted in the Verona Arena (Bizet: Carmen), the Zurich Opera (Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro), the Palace of Arts in Valencia (Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle), and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Mozart: The Magic Flute). He is also a regular guest of the opera houses of Hamburg, Dresden and Frankfurt. Several of the productions he conducted have been released on DVD.
He is joined at the Spring Festival by Michael Barenboim, the violinist who is equally at home in various styles, and will perform a piece by Korngold, and by Polina Pasztircsák, a marvellous and enchanting soprano, who will sing in a symphony by Mahler.