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.
Matthias Manasi conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma together with three magnificent soloists; A. Hülshoff, German cellist, F. Faes, Italian pianist, H. Ticciati, English violinist, all four stars of the international world of music, and it was just pure magic. After the break it was time for Stravinsky's rarely played Symphony in C in a sensational performance, conducted by Matthias Manasi, who seems to have an almost mystical musical feeling that always brings out the best in Rossini's, Casellas's and Stravinsky's music...Manasi's reading of the Guglielmo Tell overture was masterful, resulting in a sensational interpretation rich in mystery, brilliance, power and detail...Matthias Manasi's conducting style was also surprisingly direct and well-phrased, allowing the musicians of Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma to express their maximum virtuosity. Everything was magnificient, and it was as if the music flowed in the veins of Manasi with a decidedly intense interpretation. It would seem that, on stage, Manasi knows how to turn everything into gold...He is a master of his craft, with a precise combination of good taste, absolute clarity, solid structure, joy and sensuality. ...That Matthias Manasi conducts magnificently was immediently evident, but never more so than in listening to his interpretation of Stravinsky's Symphony in C, conducted with color, spirit, and particularly dramatic urgency, but also with so much tenderness and flexibility of the melodies...All this was accomplished by Matthias Manasi's expressive gestures, which were efficient and often minimal, but with nothing that took away from the emotional intensity and commitment...It was a marvelous interpretation that added value to the work of Manasi and who is showing himself to be one of the most important conductors of our time...What you see in his conducting is great timing, no exaggeration in the tempi, and strength, all the while maintaining a superior mastery on the podium."
The program of the final concert of the cycle, "The Music of the Nations," was dedicated to Germany...The stars of the evening were understandably of German origin: namely the conductor Matthias Manasi and cellist Alexander Hülshoff, both of whom are characterized by brisk and intense international careers. These two artists approached the excellent Orchestra of Bari with a special relationship and extraordinary ease that resulted in an impressive line. of these symphonic works are rarely performed in concert. The stars of the evening were understandably of German origin: namely the conductor Matthias Manasi and cellist Alexander Hülshoff, both of whom are characterized by brisk and intense international careers. These two artists approached the excellent Orchestra of Bari with a special relationship and extraordinary ease that resulted in an impressive line.
Manasi gave the delicate work of Wagner a special artistic touch of intimate intensity defined by nuances of great sensitivity and a suggestive transparency in the strings. Followed by the 2nd Symphony, Manasi was convincing with his clever and thoughtful musical concept which underlined eloquently the spirit and essence of this "most personal" work of the composer. He achieved this by interpreting beautifully the musical phrases, the rhythmic finesse and subleties of the orchestral score. A fascinating and visionary interpretation with a fine and special eye for details, thanks to the genuine commitment on the part of the orchestra.
...The orchestra masterfully overcame technical challenges and the playing of expressive details were exemplary and spotless. It was followed by an encore with a piece by Bach. The concert was an overwhelming success."
In an outstanding theatrical performance, the Premiere of La Bohème took the stage this Thursday in the last phase of the International Punta Classic Festival at the Solanas Convention Center in Punta del Este...
The orchestra, as in Puccini's other masterpieces, never serves only as accompaniment. In the last century, both critics and musicologists have praised the theatrical qualities of these scores. In this performance, German conductor Matthias Manasi achieved a very compelling musical interpretation with the orchestra."