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Photo: Julia Baier, BerlinPhoto: Julia Baier, Berlin

Matthias Manasi, conductor

Matthias Manasi grew up in a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher and organist, and his father was a church musician, organist, and choir conductor. Matthias gave his first piano recital at the age of 10.

He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. There he studied piano with Andrejz Ratusinski, orchestral conducting with Thomas Ungar, harpsichord with Siegfried Petrenz, and composition with Michael Schmid. He also studied piano with Carmen Piazzini and chamber music with Werner Genuit at the University of Music, Karlsruhe. Matthias Manasi also studied conducting with Karl Österreicher in Vienna.

After his studies, he started his conducting career with Un ballo in maschera at the Silesian State Opera, followed by La Bohème, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte and worked as an assistant conductor for Maestro Miguel Gómez Martínez and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester at the Bayerischer Rundfunk München and as assistant conductor and Kapellmeister at the Kieler Oper and Staatstheater Oldenburg. Today, Berlin (Berliner Camerata), Leipzig (Oper Leipzig), Poznan (State Opera Poznan), Breslau (Opera Wroclawska) and Buffalo, USA (Nickel City Opera) form the poles of his work.

Matthias Manasi has been named Music Director of “Nickel City Opera”. In its 10th Season, NCO initially engaged him to lead a new production of Mozart’s Impresario. He so impressed NCO and Buffalo audiences that he was offered the new Music Directorship. His International conducting career boasts 37 operas and operettas (almost 400 performances) in an enormous range of standard operatic repertoire and rare gems ranging from Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans to Krzysztof’ Penderecki’s Paradise Lost (Raj utracony).

 

 

Matthias with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Photo: Alessandro MarcheseOrchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Photo: Alessandro Marchese
Matthias in Warsaw, Wagner, Flying Dutchman, 2012

His love of opera rapidly led after his studies to his engagement in a number of European opera houses and festivals. He also appeared with various orchestras worldwide. His successes of conducting various styles of opera did not go unnoticed, and in 2009, he became the Music Director and of the International Punta Classic Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay.

His engagement as chief conductor of the Orchestra Camerata Italiana in Naples from 2010 to 2013 allowed him to increase his repertoire in the field of masterpieces for chamber orchestra. Mr. Manasi has a depth of experience in the entertainment genre and in crossover projects, as well as a keen interest in modern and innovative concert projects. He speaks German, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Russian and English, making him an ideal opera and vocal concert collaborator.

Matthias Manasi’s activities as a pianist in recital and chamber music is also quite remarkable. He has performed as a solo pianist in numerous recitals in Germany, the United States, and South America. His debut as a pianist in the US was a piano recital at the Osborne Theatre in New York. After this debut, he made a successful tour of piano recitals in New York, Washington, Silver Springs, and Baltimore. He also played a very successful concert at the Residenz München. He made his debut as a pianist in South America with a concert tour through Ecuador. He enjoys conducting the orchestra from the piano, like he did for example with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 0 at the International Stars Festival in Liepaja in 2016.

Beside his intense activities as an opera conductor, he also has always great interest in conducting the great masterpieces of the symphonic repertory. Matthias Manasi’s conducting is specially appreciated for symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Tschaikovsky and Bruckner and also for the symphonic pieces by Bartók, Stravinsky, Casella and Prokofiev.

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