Matthias Manasi, conductor
Equally at home on the concert platform as in the opera house, Matthias Manasi is currently serving as Music Director of the Nickel City Opera in Buffalo, USA.
From 2010 to 2013, Matthias Manasi served as Chief Conductor of Orchestra Camerata Italiana in Naples. He previously held the position of Principal Conductor (First Kapellmeister) at the State Opera Breslau where he was responsable for opera productions like Tschaikowsky’s Eugen Onegin, Verdi’s Falstaff, La Traviata, Giovanna d”Arco, Macbeth, Rigoletto and Nabucco, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore, R. Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten and Der Rosenkavalier, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Penderecki’s Paradise lost, Moniuszko’s Straszny Dwór and Halka, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Tschaikowsky’s Eugen Onegin, Puccini’s La Bohème, Wagner’s Parsifal and Der Fliegende Holländer, Eötvös’ Angels in America, Szymanowksi’s Król Roger, Orefice’s Chopin, and Bizet’s Carmen and Les pêcheurs de perles. Previously he was the Music Director of the International Punta Classic Festival in Montevideo, the Principal Conductor of the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue, Principal Conductor of the Opera Passau and Principal conductor of the Opera Constanta.
As a passionate advocate for new music, Matthias Manasi is rapidly establishing a reputation as a leading international force in the contemporary and film music world. He conducts live screening performances of films across the world, including the Harry Potter Film Concert Series.
As a guest conductor, Matthias Manasi has worked with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Orchestra of the State Opera Hannover, Orchestra of the State Opera Oldenburg, Orchestra of the State Opera Braunschweig, Hamburger Symphoniker, Vantaa Symphony Orchestra Helsinki, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonica das Beiras, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari, Vienna Mozart Orchestra, Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Philharmonic Orchestra Brasov, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, Orquestra Sinfônica do Rio Grande do Norte, Orquestra Filamónica de Montevideo, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue, Orchestra Opera Passau, Philharmonic Orchestra Györ, as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra Baden-Baden and the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim.
Opera Highlights for the 2017-2018 season include a new production of La Traviata at the Nickel City Opera and the world premiere of Bad Man’s Life (Marc Aurel Floros) at the Opera Festival Schloss Rheinsberg. Concert highlights include performances with Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro and Symphony Orchestra Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, the Orchestra Nationala Radio in Bucharest, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo in Italy, Orquestra Filarmonica das Beiras in Portugal, and the Vantaa Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki.
Last season, Matthias Manasi made his US opera debut conducting Mozart’s The Impressario with Nickel City Opera; Verdi’s Macbeth, J. Strauß’ Die Fledermaus, Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce, Janáček’s Jenůfa, Shchedrin’s Anna Karenina, and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at Opera Poznań, Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at Opera Halle, Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot at Opera Leipzig, Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer at Opera Bremen, and concerts with the Berliner Camerata and the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra (conducting and soloing on piano.)
His opera activity includes productions and performances at the Opera Halle, Opera Leipzig, Opera Bremen, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, International Punta Classic Festival, Opera Constanta, Silesian State Theatre, State Opera Breslau, Teatr Wielki Warsaw (Polish National Opera), State Opera Poznań, Kiel Opera House, Eutin Festival, Opera Klagenfurt, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, and the Belcanto Opera Festival–Bad Wildbad.
Matthias Manasi made his opera debut in 1995 with a production of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Silesian State Opera, returning in 1996 for La Bohème, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte.
Matthias Manasi has also gained international acclaim as a pianist performing in recital and chamber music in Europe, USA and South America. He often plays piano while conducting.
Matthias Manasi conducting with the legendary Thomas Ungar at the University of Music Stuttgart and with Karl Österreicher in Vienna. He did his piano studies with Andrzej Ratusinski at the University of Music Stuttgart and with Carmen Piazzini at the University of Music Karlsruhe. He studied composition at the University of Music Stuttgart.
During his studies he worked as an assistant conductor to Manfred Honeck (Prague Chamber Choir) and Heinz Holliger (Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart). After completing his studies, he worked as an assistant conductor to Miguel Gómez Martínez (Münchner Rundfunkorchester) and Hilary Griffiths (Hamburger Symphoniker).