Oliver von Dohnányi
PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
In October 2020 he conducted Mahler 8th Symphony as opening concert of Eifel Art Studios of the Hungarian State Opera Budapest.
His recent production of the opera "Three Sisters" of Péter Eötvöshas recently been awarded "The Best Opera Production" at the Golden Mask 2019 and has been performed with great acclaim in March 2020 in Moscow.
The Golden Masque Laureate - "The Best Conductor" - Bolshoy Theatre, Moscow, April 2018
In April 2018, Oliver von Dohnányi received the highest Russian National Theatre's Award "Golden Masque" as "Best Conductor" among approx. 85 conductors, working in Russia.
"Slovak conductor Oliver von Dohnanyi, who conducts at Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet, was recognized as the best conductor in opera. The opera he conducted, "The Passenger" by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (in Russian Premiere) about a holocaust survivor and her tormentor, got another award for best actress." The first performance was recorded on DVD. https://sputnikimages.com/hier_rubric/photo/5476301.html
He started his work right after his studies at the Academy of Music, Prague (Prof.Vaclav Neumann) and University of Music, Vienna (Prof.Otmar Suittner), winning the position of the Conductor of the Czechoslovak Radio SO Bratislava, where he served for seven years. After his first successful production of "Barbiere di Siviglia" for the Slovak National Opera House, Bratislava in the age of 28, he became the youngest Music Director in the history of this opera house. He conducted many productions, including Madama Butterfly, Aida, La bohème, Rusalka, Macbeth, Tosca, Il Barbiere, La sonnambula, Faust, The Whirpool and others. He often toured into Spain, Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands and others. At the Edinburgh Festival he conducted performances of Faust (which received a Special Jury Prize for Music) and Prince Igor. Three years later, he was simultaneously appointed conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bratislava.
His career moved him to Prague, where he was invited to the National Opera House as a guest conductor. He was offered a job as the Music Director right after the first performance of "La boheme". During years 1993-2007, he was conducting hundreds of performances and leaded productions of La bohème, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Turco in Italia, The Bartered Bride, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Rusalka, Samson and Delilah, Macbeth, Libuse, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Don Pasquale, Tosca, Norma, The Whirlpool, Aida, as well as ballett productions of Prokofjev's Romeo et Juliette and Cinderella.
Besides of Prague and Bratislava, he worked with following important opera companies:
ENO (English National Opera): "Falstaff", "Die lustige Witwe" and "Mefistofele"
Opera North, Leeds, U.K.: "Carmen", "La Gioconda", "Rusalka", "Andrea Chénier", "Norma", "Hamlet", "La traviata" , "The Bartered Bride" (The best opera production in the U.K., 1998, stage director Daniel Slater)
In 2012, his production of "Norma" for Opera North won the "British Opera Award" (The Theatre Award 2012 and Achievement in Opera 2012, stage director Christopher Alden). He is occasionally working as guest conductor of the Czech National SO, Prague and Principal guest conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra.
Starting from the 2015/16 Season, he was appointed the Principal Conductor of the Ural Opera House, Ekaterinburg, Russia. In 2015, his first production of Philip Glass '"Satyagraha" won two "Golden Masks", including a Special Jury Prize. The production was presented at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, during the Russian National Theatre's Award Festival and immediately attracted the attention of Russian and international critics and experts.
In 2017-18 he conducted following new productions: "Katja Kabanova" in Seattle Opera, Wagner's "Das Liebesverbot " in Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, "Les Huguenots" in Hungarian State Opera, Budapest, "Carmen" for New Zealand Opera, "The Magic Flute", "Rusalka" and "Greek Passion" in Ural Opera, Jekaterinburg, Russia.
Oliver von Dohnányi is Laureate of the Gustav Mahler European Prize (2011) and European Union of Arts Prize (2011).