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Oliver von Dohnanyi

Conductor

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Biography highlights

Oliver von Dohnanyi was born in Trenčín and studied violin, composition and conducting at the Bratislava Conservatory and at the Academy for Music, Vienna under Václav Neumann and Otmar Suitner. He has won distinctions in a number of competitions including the "Prague Spring Talich Conducting Competition” in 1985, and the “Hungarian Television Conducting Competition” in 1983, he won the prestigious "Premio Respighi" in Siena and the special prize at the 1989 Salzburg Festival for the television recording of Juraj Filas' opera Memento with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

 

From 1979 to 1986 he was conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava and from 1986 to 1991 Music Director of the Slovak National Theatre Opera, which he led on successful tours to Spain, Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands, and to the Edinburgh Festival in 1990, where he conducted performances of Faust (which received a special prize) and Prince Igor.

He was also Artistic Director of the Charles University Art Ensemble and the Canticorum Iubilo Chamber Ensemble in Prague, Music Director of the National Theatre Prague (1993-1996; 2004-2007), Conductor in Chief of the Slovak Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. In 2007, Oliver von Dohnanyi was appointed Artistic Director of Slovak National Opera.

Starting from the 2015/16 season, he was appointed the Principal Conductor of Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet.

 

Oliver von Dohnanyi has toured with the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta, Zagreb Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestras and appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, the Saarländischer Rundfunk, Radio Symphony Bratislava, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vorisek Symphony Orchestra in France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Prague, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Japan and the United Kingdom. He has made many recordings with Naxos, Lyra, Opus/Audiphon, Panton, Supraphon and Marco Polo, including a collection of works by Glinka, Khatchaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky with the English Chamber Orchestra for the Novalis label.

 

His operatic repertoire includes Carmen, La Gioconda, Hamlet, The Bartered Bride (Opera North), Falstaff, Die lustige Witwe and Mefistofele (English National Opera), Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (Wexford Festival), Aida (Düsseldorf), Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Turco in Italia, The Bartered Bride, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Rusalka, Samson and Delilah, Macbeth, Libuse, Don Pasquale, Tosca, Norma, The Whirlpool and Aida (Prague), The Bartered Bride, Case Makropoulos (Brno), the world premiere of Golem by Hanus Barton, Don Giovanni, The Bartered Bride and Cyrano de Bergerac (Ostrava), La bohème, La Traviata (Osaka), Der fliegende Holländer (Kassel), Eugene Onegin (Stuttgart), Rusalka (Las Palmas), The Bartered Bride (Baltimore Opera), Mefistofele (Basel), a concert performance of Ernani (English Chamber Orchestra , Barbican London), The Excursions of Mr. Broucek (Charleston Festival), Tosca and Die lustige Witwe (Nationale Reisopera, Enschede), Falstaff, Jenufa (Copenhagen), a concert performance of Libuse (Edinburgh International Festival), Madama Butterfly, Aida, La bohème, Rusalka (Bratislava), Ariadne auf Naxos (Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh), Macbeth and Romeo et Juliette (Karlsruhe).

He has also conducted a Ballet Evening at the Vienna Staatsoper, Alexander Nevsky (Naples), Prokofiev's Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's and the premiere of In The Blue Garden (Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich), Romeo et Juliette (Prokofiev) and Rusalka (Zürich), Don Giovanni (Lecce), and Macbeth, Tosca, The Spectre's Bride, Don Pasquale and La Bohème (Bratislava).

Oliver von Dohnanyi is laureate of both the Gustav Mahler European Prize and European Union of Arts Prize (2011).


RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

Recently Oliver von Dohnanyi has conducted Jenufa (Malaga), Turandot (Trento, Livorno, and Savona), Dalibor (Litomysl Festival), Ariadne auf NaxosFaustThe Bartered BrideCarmen, Madame ButterflyLa Bohème and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Ostrava), Madama Butterfly and Aida (Bratislava), Libuse (Prague), Rusalka and Norma (Leeds), Cavaleria RusiacanaPagliacciThe Bartered Bride (New Zealand Opera), Eugene Onegin (Stuttgart), Philip Glass’ Satyagraha (Ekaterinburg), and the Lexus Song Quest (New Zealand).

 

Upcoming engagements include Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot (Buenos Aires), Andrea Chenier (Opera North) as well as Weinberg's The Passenger, Dvorak's Rusalka (Ekaterinburg)  and Carmen (New Zealand Opera), among others.

 


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Umberto Giordano - Andrea Chénier - Opera North, Leeds

Giordano lacks Puccini’s lyricism, but the passion and intensity are always exciting and Oliver von Dohnanyi produces some blazing climaxes from the splendid orchestra.

- Gavin Castle - examiner.co.ukПрочитать статью

The orchestra, conducted by Oliver von Dohnányi, plays with superb control of light and shade, swelling to underpin the impassioned declarations of love, while also teasing out the more understated motifs, which incorporate echoes of revolutionary song or suggestions of the dances beloved in the upper-class milieu.

- British Theatre GuideПрочитать статью


Weinberg - The Passenger - Ekaterinburg State Opera, 2016

Stets achtet der Regisseur in solchen Momenten auf größtmögliche Harmonie mit Weinbergs Musik, die Oliver von Dohnányi mit viel Gefühl für das Geschehen auf der Bühne, einem intensiven Kontakt zu den Sängern und mit großer Liebe zum Detail dirigiert. Das Orchester scheint dabei von der Intensität des Stückes eingenommen zu sein, mit so viel Verve und Herz wird hier musiziert.

 

Oliver von Dohnányi dirigiert das Orchester der Uraloper mit großem Engagement und vermag das hohe Maß an Emotionalität auf der Bühne in passende Töne zu kleiden.

- Klaus Billand, Der Neue MerkerПрочитать статью

Oliver von Dohnányi led an excellent orchestral performance, bringing out all the colour of Weinberg’s eclecticism and turning it into a kaleidoscope of shifting moods. The playing was crisp, precise and intense.

- David Karlin, BachtrackПрочитать статью


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