General Music Director – Aalto Musik Theater and Philharmonie Essen
Principal Guest Conductor – Czech Philharmonic
Founder and Artistic Director – International Summer Academy in Kroměříž (Czech Republic)
“Tomáš Netopil illuminates the tragic in life, in jubilation and tenderness. Nobody can accuse the conductor of too little, too much or even wrong expression… In this recording, Netopil’s interpretation is very reminiscent of the recording by Mariss Jansons and the London Symphony Orchestra. The performance comes across as very direct, very human and that’s what makes the symphony’s tragic moments so dramatic. It is pure joy and pure human suffering that we feel here. The excellent performance of the Essen Philharmonic…” [translated from German]
Tomáš Netopil took up the position of General Music Director of the Aalto Theatre and Philharmonie Essen at the start of 2013/14. In addition to his concert season at the helm of Essen Philharmoniker, his opera productions in 2018/19 include Der Freischutz, Salome, Cosi fan tutte and Rusalka whilst in 2017/18 he conducted Bartered Bride, Salome, Lohengrin, Die Walküre and die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail.
Netopil made his debut with Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden in 2008 since when he has conducted Clemenza di Tito, Rusalka, Cunning Little Vixen, La Juive and Busoni’s Doktor Faust and he will conduct a new production of Bartered Bride for them in Spring 2019. This season, he will also conduct a new production of Jenufa for Netherlands Opera and returns to Wiener Staatsoper for Idomeneo: in 2017/18 he conducted a new production of der Freischutz, and has previously conducted Katja Kabanova, Rusalka and Cunning Little Vixen in Vienna. He has also conducted Falstaff and Makropulos Case for Vlaamse Opera.
An inspirational force in Czech music, Tomáš Netopil is one of the two Principal Guest Conductors of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (the other being Jakub Hrusa). In August 2017 he conducted two Dvorak and Mozart concerts alongside Diana Damrau at the Grafenegg Festival, in early Spring 2018 he led the orchestra in an extensive UK tour, and conducted Ma Vlast in the opening concert of the 2018 Prague Spring Festival, which was televised live.
“Artist in Residence” of the Dvorak Festival Prague in 2017/18, Netopil opened the festival with Essener Philharmoniker about which Bachtrack wrote: “The music lit up the stage like a rousing march, providing a dazzling showcase for Netopilʼs facility for creating three-dimensional soundscapes with the orchestra. With Strauss, they showed an impressive ability to segue almost instantly from dramatic dissonance to charming melodies. The thrilling highs and expansive sound were a better fit for the theatrical qualities of this music, which under Netopilʼs baton also captured the atmospherics of the piece, brimming with effervescence and elegance. In all, it was a convincing demonstration that a serious classical orchestra can swing. And if there were any remaining questions about how well the orchestra does the basic German repertoire, a rousing encore of the prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin established unassailable bona fides”. He then conducted Dvorak’s Te Deum in the closing concert of the festival with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, whom he subsequently conducted at Vienna Konzerthaus and later on at the Vienna Musikverein.
On the concert platform, this season sees him return to Zurich Tonhalle. Highlights of recent seasons have included Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo whilst future dates include Leipzig Gewandhaus and RAI Torino
Tomáš Netopil’s discography for Supraphon includes Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass (in its never-before-recorded original 1927 version), Dvorak’s complete cello works, Martinu’s Ariane and Double Concerto, and Smetana’s Ma Vlast with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded Suk’s Asrael with Essener Philharmoniker.
From 2008-2012 Tomáš Netopil held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre. Tomáš 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.