Czech conductor Tomáš Hanus will take up the position of Welsh National Opera new Music Director from autumn 2016.
Tomáš Hanus is now recognised as one of the Czech Republic’s most exciting and important conductors. He first came to prominence during the Conductors’ International Competition in Katowice in 1999. His varied career includes conducting at major European opera houses including Dresden Semperoper, Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Royal Danish Opera, the Norwegian National Opera and Teatro Real Madrid as well as conducting international symphony concerts around the world. The 15/16 season will see Tomáš making his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, New National Theatre Tokyo and Savonlinna Festival.
Tomáš’ first engagements with WNO as Music Director will be concerts in the autumn and spring of 2016/17. He will make his operatic debut with the company conducting two productions in summer 2017 with a further two productions in autumn 2017. Hanus will also return for other concerts and special opera projects throughout the year. As part of the Music Director role, responsibilities include the musical development of the Orchestra and Chorus and the overall musical identity of the company. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera this July, conducting a concert with the WNO Orchestra in St. David’s Cathedral as part of the Fishguard Festival.
Tomáš Hanus said: “I felt an immediate connection with WNO from the moment we first worked together. They have passion, creativity, talent and professionalism. I am looking forward to building a strong relationship both with the company and with the community and to bringing beautiful music to more and more people. It’s a great privilege for me to work with WNO and David Pountney”.