biography


TOMAS NETOPIL - conductor

An inspirational force in Czech music, Tomas Netopil opens the season with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts with Dvorak and Mozart alongside Diana Damrau at the Grafenegg Festival. Appointed „Artist in Residence“ of the Dvorak Festival Prague he appears with Essener Philharmoniker and solemnly closes the festival with Dvorak’s Te Deum on the podium of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, which he will also lead at Vienna Konzerthaus and later on at the Vienna Musikverein.

Whilst intensifying their relationship, Tomas Netopil and the Czech Philharmonic will embark on a major series of concerts to Switzerland, England and Irland. Further highlights this season will see Netopil in a new production of Weber‘s Freischütz at the Vienna State Opera and in his Falstaff debut at the Vlaamse Opera.

Serving as Music Director of the Aalto Theatre and Philharmonie Essen, Netopil will conduct several concerts as well as new productions and revivals of Bartered Bride, Salome, Lohengrinand Walküre, following Nozze di Figaro, Rosenkavalier, Elektra and Clemenza di Tito last season.

Netopil made his debut at Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden in 2008 and has been a regular guest ever since, conducting productions of Clemenza di Tito, Rusalka, Cunning Little Vixen, La Juiveand lately Busoni’s Doktor Faust. Other recent opera highlights have included Katja Kabanova, Rusalka and Cunning Little Vixen at the Vienna State Opera and Vec Makropulos at the Vlaamse Opera. On the concert platform he returned to the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.

Tomas Netopil has started to build a distinguished discography over the past years, including recordings for Supraphon such as Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass in its never-before-recorded original 1927 version, Dvorak’s complete cello works and Martinu’s Ariane and Double Concerto as well as Smetana’s Ma Vlast with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Suk’s Asrael with Essener Philharmoniker.

From 2008-2012 Tomas Netopil held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre and Estates Theatre. Equally at home on the concert platform and in the opera house, he has conducted the world’s finest orchestras and appeared in some of the most prestigious international theatres: Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, RSB Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI Torino, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Operá National de Paris, De Nederlandse Opera, Teatro La Fenice Venezia, Teatro Regio Torino, Salzburger Festspiele, Zurich Opera.

Tomas Netopil studied violin and conducting in his native Czech Republic, as well as at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of Prof. Jorma Panula. In 2002 he won the 1st Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.