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Balázs Kocsár

Balázs Kocsár

Conductor, principal musical director
 


Born in Budapest in 1963, Balázs Kocsár studied composition at the Béla Bartók Conservatory. At the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, he studied choral directing as a student of István Párkai, and later conducting under Ervin Lukács, graduating from that department with honours in 1991. He took part in master classes led by Helmuth Rilling, Jorma Panula and Péter Eötvös, and then went on to complete his education at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, with Prof. Karl Österreicher as his adviser.

In 1989, he won third prize at Hungarian Television's Sixth International Conducting Competition, the contest's best showing from a Hungarian entrant. Between 1990 and 1993, at the invitation of József Gregor, he served as conductor at the National Theatre of Szeged before joining Ervin Lukács at the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, working as assistant conductor there between 1991 and 1994. From 1993 to 1999 he was music director at Debrecen's Csokonai National Theatre, where he succeeded in boosting opera performance in that city, to the great approval of both the profession and the audience. In 1999 he was recognised with the Liszt Award.

Earlier, in 1995, he won the Franco Ferrara Conducting Competition organised by the Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma in 1995, which brought him international recognition and numerous invitations. One of these led, in 1999, to his stint at Oper Frankfurt, where after his first successful performances, he was signed as first conductor (“Erster Kapellmeister”).

He has conducted in Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice, Palermo, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Antwerp, Geneva and Liège, and has also made appearances in Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Australia.

In 2004, he returned to Debrecen for another eight years in order to take leadership of the artistic side of the city's three most important musical institutions: the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kodály Chorus and the opera division of the Csokonai National Theatre, where he successfully performed his mandate to raise each ensemble to a uniform standard and launch them into the cultural bloodstream of Europe.

A senior lecturer at the University of Pécs since 2010, he has since 2015 also served as a department head at the Music Institute of the university's Faculty of Arts. Between 2011 and 2013 he served as music director of the Budapest Spring Festival.

He was named acting principal music director of the Hungarian State Opera in 2016, and the position was made permanent in 2017.

Since 1988, he has conducted more than a thousand performances of more than 80 different operas, ranging from Baroque works to contemporary operas, both in Hungary and abroad, in addition to collaborating on numerous DVDs and CD recordings. He was named an Artist of Merit in 2017.

Performances

September 12. 19:00
concert

Dante700

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
September 19. 19:00
classic opera 16
Richard Strauss

Salome

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
September 22. 19:00
classic opera 16
Richard Strauss

Salome

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
September 26. 19:00
classic opera 16
Richard Strauss

Salome

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
September 29. 19:00
classic opera 16
Richard Strauss

Salome

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
October 8. 19:00
classic ballet 12 premiere
Vasily Vainonen / Michael Messerer / Boris Asafyev

The Flames of Paris

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
October 9. 19:00
classic ballet 12
Vasily Vainonen / Michael Messerer / Boris Asafyev

The Flames of Paris

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
October 10. 11:00
classic ballet 12
Vasily Vainonen / Michael Messerer / Boris Asafyev

The Flames of Paris

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
October 10. 19:00
classic ballet 12
Vasily Vainonen / Michael Messerer / Boris Asafyev

The Flames of Paris

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
October 16. 11:00
classic ballet 12
Vasily Vainonen / Michael Messerer / Boris Asafyev

The Flames of Paris

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
October 17. 11:00
classic ballet 12
Vasily Vainonen / Michael Messerer / Boris Asafyev

The Flames of Paris

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
November 6. 19:00
contemporary opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata – tour

Győr – Audi Arena, Győr, Hungary
November 28. 16:00
concert

Musica e parole

Eiffel Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
December 26. 16:00
concert

Musica e parole

Eiffel Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
January 22. 19:00
classic opera 16
Giacomo Puccini

Manon Lescaut

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
January 28. 19:00
classic opera 16
Giacomo Puccini

Manon Lescaut

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
January 30. 11:00
classic opera 16
Giacomo Puccini

Manon Lescaut

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
January 30. 16:00
concert

Musica e parole

Eiffel Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
February 4. 19:00
classic opera 16
Giacomo Puccini

Manon Lescaut

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
February 6. 19:00
classic opera 16
Giacomo Puccini

Manon Lescaut

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
February 27. 16:00
concert

Musica e parole

Eiffel Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
March 11. 18:00
mixed opera 12 rehearsal
Ferenc Erkel

Hunyadi László

Opera House – Main stage
March 13. 19:00
mixed opera 12 premiere
Ferenc Erkel

Hunyadi László

Opera House – Main stage
March 27. 16:00
concert

Musica e parole

Eiffel Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
April 13. 17:00
contemporary opera 18 rehearsal
Richard Wagner

Parsifal

Opera House – Main stage
April 15. 17:00
contemporary opera 18 premiere
Richard Wagner

Parsifal

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
April 17. 17:00
contemporary opera 18
Richard Wagner

Parsifal

Opera House – Main stage
April 22. 18:00
mixed opera 14
Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

Opera House – Main stage
April 23. 11:00
contemporary opera 18
Richard Wagner

Parsifal

Opera House – Main stage
April 24. 16:00
concert

Musica e parole

Eiffel Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
April 24. 19:00
mixed opera 14
Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

Opera House – Main stage
April 27. 19:00
mixed opera 14
Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

Opera House – Main stage
April 30. 11:00
mixed opera 14
Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

Opera House – Main stage
May 13. 17:00
contemporary opera 16 rehearsal
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Opera House – Main stage
May 15. 17:00
contemporary opera 16 premiere
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Opera House – Main stage
May 19. 17:00
contemporary opera 16
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Opera House – Main stage
May 22. 17:00
contemporary opera 16
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Opera House – Main stage
May 25. 17:00
contemporary opera 16
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Opera House – Main stage
May 29. 11:00
contemporary opera 16
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Opera House – Main stage
June 1. 17:00
contemporary opera 16
Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

Opera House – Main stage
June 3. 18:00
mixed opera 16 rehearsal
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Opera House – Main stage
June 5. 18:00
mixed opera 16 premiere
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Opera House – Main stage
June 8. 18:00
mixed opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Opera House – Main stage
June 10. 18:00
classic opera 12
Umberto Giordano

Andrea Chénier

Opera House – Main stage
June 11. 11:00
mixed opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Opera House – Main stage
June 12. 19:00
classic opera 12
Umberto Giordano

Andrea Chénier

Opera House – Main stage
June 15. 19:00
classic opera 12
Umberto Giordano

Andrea Chénier

Opera House – Main stage
June 16. 18:00
mixed opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Opera House – Main stage
June 18. 11:00
classic opera 12
Umberto Giordano

Andrea Chénier

Opera House – Main stage
June 18. 18:00
mixed opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Opera House – Main stage
June 21. 19:00
classic opera 12
Umberto Giordano

Andrea Chénier

Opera House – Main stage
June 23. 19:00
classic opera 12
Umberto Giordano

Andrea Chénier

Opera House – Main stage