Társulat

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 15. 19:00
classic opera 14 premiere
Richard Strauss

Salome

Erkel Theatre
September 19. 19:00
classic opera 14
Richard Strauss

Salome

Erkel Theatre
September 21. 20:00
mixed opera 14 premiere
Giampaolo Testoni

Fantasio / Fortunio

Eiffle Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
September 22. 19:00
classic opera 14
Richard Strauss

Salome

Erkel Theatre
September 23. 19:00
mixed opera 14
Giampaolo Testoni

Fantasio / Fortunio

Eiffle Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
October 4. 20:00
mixed opera 14
Giampaolo Testoni

Fantasio / Fortunio

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
December 13. 11:00
contemporary opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata

Erkel Theatre
December 15. 19:00
contemporary opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata

Erkel Theatre
December 20. 19:00
contemporary opera 16
Giuseppe Verdi

La traviata

Erkel Theatre
February 19. 18:00
mixed opera 12 premiere
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Erkel Theatre
February 21. 18:00
mixed opera 12
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Erkel Theatre
February 26. 18:00
mixed opera 12
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Erkel Theatre
February 28. 11:00
mixed opera 12
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Erkel Theatre
March 4. 18:00
mixed opera 12
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Erkel Theatre
March 14. 18:00
mixed opera 12
Giuseppe Verdi

Don Carlo

Erkel Theatre
April 2. 17:00
contemporary opera 16 premiere
Richard Wagner

Parsifal

Erkel Theatre
April 5. 17:00
contemporary opera 16
Richard Wagner

Parsifal

Erkel Theatre
April 8. 17:00
contemporary opera 16
Richard Wagner

Parsifal

Erkel Theatre
April 10. 19:00
opera 10
Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Erkel Theatre
April 16. 19:00
opera 10
Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Erkel Theatre
April 18. 19:00
opera 10
Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Erkel Theatre
April 24. 19:00
opera 10
Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff

Erkel Theatre
May 22. 19:00
classic opera 12 premiere
Umberto Giordano

Andrea Chénier

Erkel Theatre
June 25. 20:00
contemporary opera 16 premiere
Georges Bizet

Carmen

Margaret Island Open-Air Stage
June 27. 20:00
contemporary opera 16
Georges Bizet

Carmen

Margaret Island Open-Air Stage