Niksa Bareza, conductor

 In December 2010 the conductor celebrated a raving success with Beethoven’s Fidelio in Mexico City on the occasion of Palacio de Bellas Artes’ re-opening. Right away after the premiere he was appointed principal guest conductor and now returns regularly to the Mexican opera house and since then has conducted new productions of Tosca,Cavalleria rusticana, Nabucco, Haensel und Gretel and concerts. In the 2013/14 season he conducted the Flying Dutchmen and the Magic Flute, furthermore a Verdi gala concert at Teatro Juarez.

Highlights of the last seasons include his conducting at the Grand Théâtre de Genève with Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss, and a memorable new production of Aida at the Taipei Arena with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

In autumn of 2010 Niksa Bareza conducted a new production of Puccini’s Bohème at the Théâtre du Capitole
Toulouse in France. In the previous seasons he led numerous Puccini operas, Madama Butterfly at the Milan Scala, where he recently directed productions of Tosca and La Bohéme, too; a Trittico revival at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Tosca at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.

Besides the highly acclaimed performances of Richard Wagner’s and Richard Strauss’ works in Chemnitz, a sensational Salome-series with Inga Nielsen and Anja Silja and a celebrated performance series of Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera with Michele Crider, both at the Staatsoper Hamburg rank among to the outstanding successes of the previous seasons. Niksa Bareza was guest at many important opera houses such as the Norske Opera Oslo, the Teatro Comunale Firenze, the Teatro Regio Parma, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Deutsche Staatsoper
Berlin and the Teatro alla Scala Milano, where he conducted Götterdämmerung, Fidelio, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Trovatore and a new production of Andrea Chenier.

In further concert-engagements Niksa Bareza worked at the conductor’s desks of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, of Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestra Sinfonica Arturo Toscanini and Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra Zagreb, where he has been chief conductor.

From 2001 until 2007 Niksa Bareza was music director of the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie-Chemnitz and the Oper Chemnitz. Over his long career as
music director in Zagreb, he conducted numerous concerts with the Zagreb philharmonic orchestra. He also led a variety of opera performances at the famous St. Petersburg Kirov Theatre, the Opera House Zurich and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Graz.