|Matthias Manasi is a conductor who displays outstanding musicality
and an intelligent and charismatic conducting style, based on a deep and
analytical knowledge of the score and marked by a highly developed conducting
technique. He has had an extraordinary career conducting masterworks in prestigious
opera houses and orchestras all over the world, having conducted 385 performances
of 36 operas and operettas.
He is currently engaged at the Stateopera in Poznan (Teatr Wielki), Poland für Eugen Onegin, Boris Godunow, Le nozze di Figaro, Fledermaus, Macbeth, Halka, Camen and Anna Karenina (Shchedrin). From 2013 – 2016, he held the position of 1. Kapellmeister (Principal Conductor) at the Stateopera Breslau (Opera Wroclawska) in Wrcolaw, Polen, where he was responsible for opera productions, such as Eugen Onegin, Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier, Paradise Lost, Samson et Dalila, Parsifal, Flying Dutchmen, Macbeth and Les pêcheurs de perles, among others. In 2012, he worked as a guest conductor for Wagner’s Flying Dutchmen at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw.
From 2010 – 2012, he was Music Director of the International Punta Classic Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay and from 2010 – 2013, he was Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Camerata Italiana in Naples, Italy. From 2007 – 2010, he was 1. Kapellmeister
(Principal Conductor) of the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue. From 2003 - 2005, he worked as 1. Kapellmeister (Principal Conductor) at the Opernhaus Constanta. In 2006 he was Assistant Conductor of Miguel Gomez Martinez at the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Bavarian Broadcoast). From 2000 - 2003, he held the position of a Kapellmeister (Conductor in Residence) at the Opera Passau, Germany.
Highlights of the 2015/16 Season include his debut with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra in Almaty and with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia, where he also appeared as a conductor while soloing on piano. Highlights of the 2013/14 Season include his concerts with the Wiener Mozart Orchester in the Musikverein in Vienna, with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma and with the Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari.
Matthias Manasi has conducted over 50 orchestras, including Orchestra of the State Opera in Hannover, the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Rome’s Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Wiener Mozart Orchester, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim.
His activities as guest conductor include engagements at the Stateopera Braunschweig, the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the Opera Constanta, the Eutin-Opera-Festival, the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and the International Rossini-Festival in Bad Wildbad.
Matthias Manasi has worked at the Stateopera Kassel, Oper Leipzig, Stateopera Oldenburg, Theater Bremen, Stateopera Braunschweig and the Opera Kiel.
Matthias Manasi started his conducting career in 1995 with Un Ballo in Maschera at the Silesian State Opera, where he had conducted La Bohème, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. He has also worked with prominent stage directors, such as Eduardo Casullo, Georg Rootering and Kirsten Harms; with soloists, such as Leonard Schreiber, Hugo Ticciati, Eszter Haffner and Hugo Ticciati; and singers, such
as Bernd Weikl, Manfred Jung, Lise Lindstrom, Laura Brioli and Isabel Monar.
Matthias Manasi has also gained international acclaim as a pianist, performing as a soloist in numerous recitals all over the world. He performed with several orchestras and he frequently conducts the orchestra from the piano. He studied piano with Andrejz Ratusinski, conducting with Thomas Ungar at the University of Music Stuttgart. In 1994, he studied conducting with Karl Österreicher in Vienna. He also studied piano with Carmen Piazzini at the University of Music Karlsruhe. He graduated, in 1995, with Honours in Piano from the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and, in 1996, with Honours in Conducting from the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. He participated in numerous master classes with Gianluigi Gelmetti, Jorma Panula and Kurt Masur. After his studies, he worked as an assistant to Manfred Honeck and Hilary Griffith.