Oliver Von Dohnanyi

Oliver Von Dohnanyi


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2018Martinů: The Greek PassionConductor
2017Smetana: The KissConductor
2017Janáček: Kát'a KabanováConductor
2017Rossini: Il Barbiere Di SivigliaConductor


Oliver von Dohnányi

Studied conducting at the Prague Academy for Music under Václav Neumann and Alois Klíma, and at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna under Otmar Suitner.

From July 2015 Music Director of the Ural Opera House,Yekaterinburg

Productions: Mozart: The Magic Flute, Dvorak: Rusalka, Ph. Glass’ Satyagraha (2016 Golden Masque Critic's Award for Best Opera Production in Russia), M. Weinberg’s The Passenger (2017 Golden Masque Nomination - Best Conductor)

Works: Der fliegende Holländer, Onegin, La boheme, Otello, Carmen

2006-2010 Music Director of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Ostrava

Productions: La traviata (G.Verdi), Vita (M.Tuttino), Faust (Ch. Gounod), Carmen (G. Bizet), Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro (W. A. Mozart), Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss), Prodaná nevěsta and
Dalibor (B. Smetana), Její pastorkyňa (L. Janáček)  Roméo and Juliette (S. Prokofjev).

1992–2007 (1993 - 2007) Chief Conductor of the National Theatre in Prague

Productions: Libuše, The Bartered Bride, Roméo et Juliette, La Bohème, Tosca, Rigoletto, Samson et Dalilla, Norma, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliette, Cinderella, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Le
nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale.

1986–1991 Principal Conductor of the Slovak National Opera in Bratislava

Productions: Faust (Critic’s Prize at the Edinburgh Festival 1990) Prince Igor, Tosca, La Sonnambula, Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Bartered Bride, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Krútňava.

Since 1990 Permanent Guest Conductor of the Opera North in Leeds.

Productions: Carmen, La Gioconda, Hamlet, Andrea Chenier, Norma (The Theatre Award 2012 and Achievement in Opera 2012), The Bartered Bride (Best Production of 1998), Rusalka, La traviata.

Appearances at:

Bavarian State Opera in Munich (ballet performances of Prokofiev’s Roméo and Juliette, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, In the Blue Garden)

ENO (Mefistofele, Falstaff, Lustige Witwe)

Teatro Verdi di Trieste (Das Liebesverbot 2014)

Seattle Opera (Kata Kabanova, 2017)

Vienna State Opera (Ballet Evening)

Teatro Colón Buenos Aires (Die Zauberflöte, Das Liebeverbot 2017)

Staatsoper Stuttgart (Onegin, Norma)

Teatro San Carlo Napoli Prokofjev: Alexander Nevskij - concertant

Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Aïda)

New Zealand Opera - Pagliacci/Cavalleria rusticana,
2011; The Bartered Bride, 2012, Carmen 2017

Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Myslivecek: L’olimpiade, 2012)

State Opera Prague (Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Il Turco
in Italia)

Theater Basel (Mefistofele)

Zürich Opera House (Rusalka, Roméo et Juliette)

Osaka - Sakai City Opera (La bohème and La

Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen (Falstaff and Jenůfa)

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Macbeth and Roméo et Juliette)

Baltimore Grand Opera (The Bartered Bride)

Málaga Opera House (Jenůfa)

Janáček National Opera Brno (The Makropulos Case, Don Carlos and The Bartered Bride)

Plzen Theatre (Libuse, Te Bartered Bride, Jeanne d'Arc au bucher)

Symphony orchestras:

Czech Philharmonic

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

St. Petersburg Philharmonic

Dallas Symphony Orchestra (New Year's Eve Gala in 2012 and 2013)

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Hungarian National Philharmonic

Chicago Sinfonietta

BBC Scottish Symphony

Brno Philharmonic Orchestra

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Ulster Orchestra

London Mozart Players

Orquestra sinfonica portuguesa

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Porto Philharmonic

Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires

BBC Glasgow (concert performance of Libuše at the Edinburg Festival)

English Chamber Orchestra

English Northern Philharmonia

RSO Basel

RSO Lugano

Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra

RSO Saarbrücken

I Solisti di Napoli

London Mozart Players

Wexford Opera Festival (Goetz’s Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung)

His recording of J.Filas opera Memento won the special “Jacob Suchard Prize” at the Salzburg Festival.

from 2006 Principal Conductor of the Slovak Radio SO

concert performance of Ernani with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican in London (Guleghina, Armiliato)

Ariadne auf Naxos for the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh

Norma with Edita Gruberova in Budapest and Bratislava

Concert with Edita Gruberova and Miroslav Dvorsky at the Bratislava Castle

Oliver von Dohnanyi

Music Director of the Ural Opera House, Yekaterinburg

Oliver von Dohnanyi was born in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia, (now Slovakia), into a musical family. He studied conducting at the Prague Academy for Music under Václav Neumann and Alois Klíma, and at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna under Otmar Suitner, taking masterclasses with famous conductors Franco Ferrara, Arvid Janssons and Igor Markevich. He made his début with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, in 1979 and continued to conduct this orchestra regularly until 1986, which included many concerts and recordings not only for Slovak National Radio, but also for the Naxos Records Marco Polo imprint, Supraphon, Panton, Verga and Opus labels. From 1978 he worked extensively with the chamber ensemble Canticorum Iubilo, with which he toured Spain, Belgium, Sweden and the USSR.During 1986–1991, he was principal conductor of the Slovak National Opera, where he enlarged the Opera’s repertoire with the scenic works of Borodin, Puccini, Bellini, Rossini, Smetana and Verdi, as well as conducting the company in an award-winning production of Faust at the Edinburgh Festival (1990). He performed with the Slovak National Theatre Opera ensemble in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Russia and China. Other appearances abroad have included visits to the Salzburg Festival, the ENO (where he has conducted Falstaff and Mefistofele), Opera North in Leeds (Carmen, The Bartered Bride, La Gioconda, Hamlet, Norma), the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and opera houses in Basle, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Zürich and Wexford. He has also appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Yomiuri Nippon SO in Japan. His reputation is based above all on music of the late 19th and 20th centuries, and his recordings include music by Liszt and Rubinstein, Odysseus by Michael Kocáb and an acclaimed performance of Smetana’s Libuše at the National Theatre Prague.He has won distinctions in a number of competitions including the “Resphigi Competition” in Siena, the “Talich Competition of the Prague Spring” and the Hungarian television conducting competition. His recording of J.Filas opera Memento won the special “Jacob Suchard Prize” at the Salzburg Festival.During 1993–1996, Oliver von Dohnányi became the principal conductor of the Opera of the National Theatre in Prague. His production enriched the Theatre’s repertoire with the works of Smetana, Dvorak, Gounod, Saint-Saens, Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Prokofiev, and Mozart. He toured Japan in 1995 and 1997 with the extraordinarily successful production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. Since 1997 he has regularly worked with the English National Opera in London, where he conducted with much success, operas by Verdi (Falstaff) and Boito (Mefistofele).Since 2000, Oliver von Dohnányi has co-operated intensively with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor of Opera Leeds, with which he produced operas by Bizet, Ponchielli, Thomas, Smetana (the “Best Production” of 1998) and Bellini (The Theatre Award 2012 and Achievement in Opera 2012). He has also been invited to opera houses in Basel, Zürich, Vienna, Osaka, Kassel, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Oviedo, Naples, Wexford, Copenhagen, London, Prague, Brno among others.His production of Gounod’s Faust was famous not only in the former Czechoslovakia, but has been highly praised in Hungary, Israel and Great Britain. This production was awarded the Critic’s Prize in the music category at the Edinburgh Festival. He is frequent guest with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava. He has also released some recordings with the Capella Istropolitana ensemble and conducted this chamber orchestra at concerts in Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.Oliver von Dohnányi’s other operatic engagements include Goetz’s Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung at the Wexford Festival, Aïda at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Il Turco in Italia at the State Opera in Prague, The Macropulos Case, Don Carlos and The Bartered Bride at the Janáček Opera Brno, the world premiere of Golem by Hanus Barton, Marco Tuttino’s Vita, Don Giovanni, The Bartered Bride, Faust, Alfano´s Cyrano de Bergerac, Dvořák’s Cantata The Specter’s Bride in Ostrava, La bohème and La traviata in Osaka, The Flying Dutchman in Kassel. Mefistofele in Basle, Rusalka in Zürich, a concert performance of Ernani with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican in London, Tosca and Die Lustige Witwe for Reisopera Enschede, Falstaff and Jenůfa for the Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, a concert performance of Libuše for the Edinburgh International Festival, Ariadne auf Naxos for the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh, Macbeth and Roméo et Juliette for the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe. He has also conducted a Ballet Evening at the Vienna Staatsoper, Alexander Nevsky at the Teatro San Carlo Naples, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the premiere of In the Blue Garden for the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich, and Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev) in Zürich, The Bartered Bride for Baltimore Grand Opera and Jenůfa for Málaga Opera House.
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