Dutch conductor Antony Hermus was appointed musical director of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau and principal conductor of the Anhaltische Philharmonie in August 2009. From 2003 to 2008 he held the position of musical director at the theatre in Hagen. He began his employment in Hagen in 1998 as an intern, working his way up to repetiteur (1999- 2001), and to Kapellmeister (2001 – 2003). His repertoire spans about 200 symphonic works and 50 operas, from which he has premiered many new productions. At Hagen, in addition to conducting standard repertoire, Hermus was also responsible for the rediscovery of a number of forgotten works including The King’s Children (Humperdinck) and Kleider machen Leute (Zemlinsky). He also conducted many contemporary works; Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are, the world premiere of the revised version of Eggert’s Helle Naechte and the West German premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
In recent years he has conducted orchestras including the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Bochum Symphoniker, the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Duisburg, Magdeburg, Freiburg, Kiel, Oldenburg, Mönchengladbach, Osnabrück, Bremenhaven, Jena, Herford, Ludwigshaven and Rostock, as well as the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre de Haute-Normandie and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. In his home country he has conducted orchestras including the Het Gelders Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest, Holland Symfonia, Limburg’s Symfonie Orkest and the Noord Nederlands Orkest. He has conducted at Opera houses including Opera Zuid and the Nationale Reisopera (Netherlands), Opera Rennes and the Opéra National de Paris (France). In February 2010 he made a successful concert debut at the Palais Garnier with the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris.
In August 2008 Antony made a successful debut in Asia, where he conducted the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the Chimei Philharmonic Orchestra in performances with the Taiwan National Ballet. He has worked with many renowned soloists including Enrico Pace, Francisco Araiza, Johan Botha, Martin Fröst, Tanja Becker-Bender, Julie Kaufamnn, David Geringas, Severin von Eckardstein, Gavriel Lipkind, Mils Mönkmeyer, Homero Francesch and the piano duo Paratore.
In September 2005 the Philharmonic Orchestra Hagen, under the baton of Hermus, produced a CD of works by Hans Rott and Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 1). The CD was highly praised by the press. Furthermore, in October 2007 a similarly highly praised CD was produced of a symphonic version of Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. (ACOUSENCE ACO-CD 20707).
As early as 2002, Hermus was awarded a scholarship by the Richard-Wagner-Verband. He was also awarded a sponsorship by the promotional society for theatre, orchestra, children and youth in Hagen. In April 2006 he received a cultural sponsorship from the Hagen Wirtschaftsjunioren (Junior Business Association).
Besides his extensive work in Dessau, where in the 2010-2011 season he will be responsible for new productions of Turandot, The Protagonist / Pagliacci and Khovanshchina, he will also be making return visits to many of the orchestras listed above. Furthermore, he will be making his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orkest, the Radio Philharmonish Orkest Holland and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen as well as at the Opera in Toulon where he will conduct a new production of Faustus.
Hermus was born in 1973 in the Netherlands. He studied piano with Jaques de Tiege and conducting with Jac. Van Steen and Georg Fritzsch at the University of Music in Tilburg.
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