TOMAS NETOPIL

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Defined by the The Times as „classical face to watch“, Tomas Netopil goes on a very successfull tour in UK and Ireland with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

After being recently nominated Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and having declared that for him „working with this orchestra is at once a great obligation, a challenge, and a pleasure.", Tomas Netopil brings his orchestra and Cello soloist Alisa Weilerstein on a tour in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a programme including compositions from Dvorak, Shostakovic, Mozart,  Elgar and Smetana.  

Here a spot of the concert at the Dublin Concert Hall:  https://youtu.be/1v4DZKzmm7s 

Classical face to watch .....

...one of the rising stars of central European musical life.                                                    The Times  

...his elegant baton..sounded freshly inspired.                                                                      The Telegraph

Bělohlávek’s legacy ..honoured....

..one of the leading Czech conductors of the younger generation..

dextrous control of rhythmic discipline and the give-and-take of rubato.                          The Guardian

Belohlavek's legacy is in secure hands...

.....careful layering of textures.....                                                                                              Ilkley Gazette

Netopil created dramatic pauses...

He knows how to highlight a good tune...

.....extremely good concerto accompanist                                                                                theartdesk.com

Biography

TOMÀŠ NETOPIL, conductor

In October 2017 Tomas Netopil was appointed „Principal Guest Conductor“ of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. After a guest performance at the Grafenegg Festival and a major series of concerts in Switzerland Tomas Netopil will undertake with this orchestra an extended tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland in February 2018. Already in September Tomas Netopil appeared as „Artist in Residence“ at the Dvorak Festival Prague with the Essener Philharmoniker at the Rudolfinum and solemnly closed the festival with Dvorak’s Te Deum on the podium of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, which he later on also led at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Vienna Musikverein. 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, Lohengrin and 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 Juive and 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.

Over the past years Tomas Netopil has started to build a distinguished discography with Czech repertoire, 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 and Suk’s Asrael.

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, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, RSB Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, 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, Sydney 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.

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Biographie

TOMÀŠ NETOPIL, Dirigent

Im Oktober 2017 wurde Tomas Netopil zum „Principal Guest Conductor“ der Tschechischen Philharmonie ernannt. Nach einem Gastspiel beim Grafenegg Festival und einer Konzertreise in die Schweiz wird er mit dem Orchester im Februar 2018 eine ausgedehnte Tournée nach England und Irland unternehmen. Bereits im September gastierte Tomas Netopil als „Artist in Residence“ des Festivals Dvorak‘s Prag 2017 mit den Essener Philharmonikern im Rudolfinum und beschloss die Festspiele mit Dvoraks Te Deum am Pult der Wiener Symphoniker, die er anschließend im Wiener Konzerthaus bzw. im November im Wiener Musikverein dirigierte. Die Opernhöhepunkte der aktuellen Saison bilden die Neuproduktion von Webers Freischütz an der Wiener Staatsoper sowie sein Falstaff-Debüt an der Flämischen Oper.

In seiner Funktion als Generalmusikdirektor des Aalto Theaters und der Philharmonie Essen stehen nach Nozze di Figaro, Rosenkavalier, Elektra und Clemenza di Tito heuer wieder zahlreiche Konzerte sowie die Premieren und Wiederaufnahmen von Verkaufte Braut, Salome, Lohengrin und Walküre auf dem Programm.

Im Frühjahr 2017 setzte Tomas Netopil mit der Neuinszenierung von Busonis Doktor Faust seine seit einigen Jahren erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit mit der Semperoper Dresden fort und folgte der Wiedereinladung an die Wiener Staatsoper mit Katja Kabanova. Im symphonischen Bereich kehrte Tomas Netopil auf die Podien des Orchestre de Paris sowie das Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo zurück.

In den letzten Jahren hat Tomas Netopil einige bemerkenswerte CDs mit tschechischem Repertoire eingespielt, u.a. die nie zuvor aufgenommene Originalversion (1927) von Janaceks Glagolitischer Messe, weiters alle Cello-Werke von Dvorak, Martinus Ariane und Doppelkonzert, Smetanas Ma Vlast und Suks Asrael.

Von 2008-2012 bekleidete Tomas Netopil die eigens für ihn geschaffene Position des Musikdirektors des Prager Nationaltheaters und Ständetheaters. Im Laufe seiner Karriere dirigierte er namhafte Orchester wie Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, RSB Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, 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, Sydney Symphony Orchestra und an renommierten Opernhäusern wie z.B. Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Operá National de Paris, De Nederlandse Opera, Teatro La Fenice Venezia, Teatro Regio Torino, Salzburger Festspiele, Opernhaus Zürich.

Tomas Netopil studierte Violine und Dirigieren in seiner Heimat Tschechien sowie am Royal College of Music in Stockholm, unter anderem bei Jorma Panula. Im Jahr 2002 gewann er den 1. Sir Georg Solti Dirigenten-Wettbewerb in der Alten Oper Frankfurt.

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Repertoire

TOMÀŠ NETOPIL, conductor

Beethoven – Fidelio
Teatro San Carlo Napoli
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden

Busoni - Doktor Faust
Bayerische Staatsoper München
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden

Dvorak – Rusalka
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Wiener Staatsoper

Halevi – La Juive
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
De Vlaamse Opera

Janacek - Cunning Little Vixen
Teatro della Maestranza Sevilla
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
National Theatre Prague - Wiener Staatsoper
Hamburgische Staatsoper - Aalto Theater Essen

Janacek – Katya Kabanova
Opéra National de Paris - Wiener Staatsoper
National Theatre Prague

Janacek - Věc Makropulos
De Vlaamse Opera

Janacek – Jenufa
Aalto Theater Essen
Amsterdam Music Theatre

Martinu – Griechische Passion
Aalto Theater Essen

Mozart - Lucio Silla
Teatro La Fenice Venezia
Salzburger Festspiele

Mozart – La finta giardiniera
Estate Theatre Prague

Mozart – Idomeneo
Teatro Regio Torino - Estate Theatre Prague
Aalto Theater Essen

Mozart - Entführung aus dem Serail
Teatro Regio Torino - Estate Theatre Prague

Mozart - Nozze di Figaro
Teatro Carlo Felice Genova
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Bayerische Staatsoper München
Estate Theatre Prague - Aalto Theater Essen

Mozart - Don Giovanni
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Estate Theatre Prague
Aalto Theater Essen

Mozart - Così fan tutte
Teatro Carlo Felice Genova
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia
Oper Zürich - Aalto Theater Essen

Mozart – La Clemenza di Tito
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Opéra National de Paris - Aalto Theater Essen

Mozart - Zauberflöte
Bayerische Staatsoper München
De Vlaamse Opera

Offenbach – Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Opéra National de Paris
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden

Orff - Carmina Burana
Deutsche Oper Berlin / scenic version
Festival de Radio France et Montpellier

Prokofiev – Love for Three Oranges
Amsterdam Music Theatre

Saint-Saens – Samson et Dalila
De Vlaamse Opera

Smetana – Bartered Bride
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden

Strauss – Elektra
Aalto Theater Essen

Strauss – Rosenkavalier
Aalto Theater Essen

Strauss – Salome
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
National Theatre Prague - Aalto Theater Essen

Verdi – Macbeth
Aalto Theater Essen

Wagner – Lohengrin
Aalto Theater Essen

Wagner – Fliegender Holländer
New National Theatre Tokyo
Aalto Theater Essen

Wagner – Walküre
Aalto Theater Essen

Weber – Freischütz
Wiener Staatsoper

Reviews

UK and Ireland tour with Czech Philharmonic - 10-18.2.2018

 

THE TIMES

Classical

Richard Morrison

Much interest in the rising Czech conductor Tomas Netopil who brings his country’s most famous orchestra with popular Romantic programmes.

Face to watch: Tomas Netopil

Tomas Netopil, who conducts the Czech Philharmonic on its British tour is one of the rising stars of central European musical life. Thoroughly grounded in the music of his native Czech Republic, he is also becoming a regular in the UK and Germany, where his dynamic interpretations are winning a growing army of fans.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/what-to-see-what-to-hear-what-to-read-in-the-year-ahead-tnfvvh7wk?shareToken=1848cdcb07887ce052865d14f936f06a

 

Telegraph

The Czech Philharmonic makes Dvořák sound gloriously fresh at the Colston Hall ★★★★☆

John Allison

Netopil is in charge of this week’s UK and Ireland tour, and his elegant baton ensured that the Symphonic Variations sounded freshly inspired.

This orchestra [...] played every note as if they loved the work, inspired it seemed by the complete absence of routine in Netopil’s conducting.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/top-best-classical-concerts-february-2018-review/

 

The Guardian

Czech Phil/Netopil review – characteristic warmth and vigour   ★★★★☆

Rian Evans

The programme of Dvořák and Shostakovich showed that Bělohlávek’s legacy with this great orchestra is being confidently honoured

But it was also tribute to Bělohlávek’s legacy that his pupil Tomáš Netopil – recently named the orchestra’s joint principal guest conductor with Jakub Hrůša – should uphold its characteristic warmth and vigour so confidently. Perhaps the biggest test of how Netopil matches up will come in the tour concerts featuring Smetana’s Má Vlast, but in the two works by Dvořák, his Symphonic Variations and the New World Ninth Symphony, he showed his mettle in dextrous control of rhythmic discipline and the give-and-take of rubato.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/feb/12/czech-phil-netopil-review-characteristic-warmth-and-vigour

 

Ilkley Gazette

The Czech Philharmonic at Leeds Town Hall

Annette McIntyre / Geoffrey Mogridge

Tomas Netopil soon demonstrated in this programme of music by Dvorak that Belohlavek's legacy is in secure hands.

Netopil's careful layering of textures and his judging of dynamics revealed the innermost detail - even in the fastest passages.

http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/leisure/leisure_ents/15988882.The_Czech_Philharmonic_at_Leeds_Town_Hall/

 

theartdesk.com

Weilerstein, Czech Philharmonic, Netopil, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - drama and feeling

Like their homeland’s beer: rich, mellow and full of character and body

by Robert Beale

Alisa Weilerstein [....] knows exactly what she wants to do with this work, and, as my first real experience of Tomáš Netopil’s conducting, proved that he is an extremely good concerto accompanist, which is a valuable accomplishment.

Netopil handled both the big mid-movement outburst and the spirited conclusion of the orchestra’s role with skill.

Netopil created dramatic pauses in the opening statement, and the brass responded in stentorian style. He knows how to highlight a good tune when given the chance, and in this case bathed Dvořák’s themes in pools of limelight, finally whipping up both tension and tempo at the end of the first movement.

http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/weilerstein-czech-philharmonic-netopil-bridgewater-hall-manchester-review-drama-and

 

Yorkshire Post

Classical preview: A night of Czech music.

David Dent

 [..] His place is to be taken by the Czech-born Tomas Netopil, who has been shaping a much acclaimed international career principally in the United States, having made his first UK appearance 11 years ago. He is taking over the scheduled and highly popular programme devoted to Dvorak opening with two of the most familiar Slavonic Dances, and closing with the Ninth Symphony, better known by its subtitle ‘From the New World’.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/what-s-on/music/classical-preview-a-night-of-czech-music-1-8992402

 

Discography

TOMÀŠ NETOPIL, conductor

Glagolitic Mass - The Eternal Gospel - September 1927 Version
Prague Philharmonic Choir / Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Supraphon

Josef Suk-Symphony in E major, Antonín Dvořák-In Nature’s Realm, Carnival
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Supraphon

Bedřich Smetana- Má vlast
Prague Symphony Orchestra
FOK

Antonín Dvořák- Complete Cello Works
Prague Symphony Orchestra/Tomáš Jamník cello
Supraphon

Ernest Bloch- Violin Works
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra/Frantisek Novotný/Serguei Milstein
Radioservis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Lucio Silla
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Roberto Sacca, Annick Massis, Monica Bacelli, Veronica Cangemi, Julia Kleiter, Stefano Ferrari
Dynamic

Camille Saint-Saens-Samson et Dalila
Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Vlaamse Opera Antwerp - Torsten Kerl, Marianna Tarasova
EuroArts

Contact

Elisabetta Hartl

elisabetta.hartl@ia-ac.com

Mag. Erich Arthold

ea@medea-music.com

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