Matthias Manasi is a conductor with outstanding musicality, deep intelligence and a charismatic conducting style which is is based on a very deep and analytic 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.
Mr. Manasi currently is employed at the Oper Leipzig and formerly conducted at the Oper Bremen. After a successful tenure as Music Director of the International Punta Classic Festival in Montevideo he was engaged from 2010 until 2013 by the Orchestra Camerata Italiana in Naples. From 2013 he was employed at Opera Wrocławska in Wrocław, Poland where he was responsible for opera productions such as Eugen Onegin, Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier, Paradise lost, Straszny Dwór, Samson et Dalila, Parsifal, Flying Dutchmen, Macbeth, Falstaff, Giovanna d’Arco, Carmen and Les pêcheurs de perles among others. He recently contributed to Wagner’s Flying Dutchmen at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw.
One of the highlights of the Season 2015/16 included 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. One of the highlights of the Season 2013/14 included his debut with the Wiener Mozart Orchester in June 2013 in the Musikverein in Vienna.
Matthias Manasi has conducted over 50 orchestras, including the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra, the 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, Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Philharmonic Orchestra Brasov, Orchestra Camerata Italiana, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, the Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, Punta Classic Festival Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Polnische Kammerphilharmonie, Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue, Orchestra Opera Passau, Philharmonic Orchestra Györ, Orchestra Opera Constanta, Philharmonic Orchestra Baden-Baden and Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim. His recent opera activity includes productions at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Staatstheater Kassel, the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater,the International Punta Classic Festival, Opera Constanta, the Kiel Opera House, the Eutin Festival, Opera Klagenfurt, Kammeroper and the Festival Rossini in Wildbad. Upcoming includes an engagement as guest conductor for Nickel City Opera in New York State.
Matthias Manasi started his conducting career in 1995 with Un Ballo in Maschera at the Silesian State Opera where he has conducted La Bohème, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. He has also worked with prominent stage directors such as Eduardo Casullo and Kirsten Harms as well as soloists such as Leonard Schreiber, Eszter Haffner and Hugo Ticciati, and singers such as Bernd Weikl, Manfred Jung, Rebecca Littig, Laura Brioli, Luz del Alba Rubio or Isabel Monar.
Matthias Manasi has also gained international acclaim as a pianist performing as a solo pianist in numerous recitals in Europe, USA and South America playing sonatas by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, Études by Chopin and Liszt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and pieces by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Gershwin, Bartòk, Prokofiev, Schnittke, to name just a few. He frequently conducts the orchestra from the piano. He studied piano with Andrejz Ratusinski, conducting with Thomas Ungar and composition at the University of Music Stuttgart and also 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 Georg Tintner, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Karl Österreicher, Jorma Panula and Kurt Masur. After his studies, he worked as an assistant to Manfred Honeck, Miguel Gómez Martínez (Münchner Rundfunkorchester) and Hilary Griffith.