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Stefan Anton

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| Concorso "A. Toscanini", 1985

| Maurice Abravanel

| Leonard Bernstein, Tanglewood, 1990

| Claudio Abbado

| Pierre Boulez

| Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado

| Albert Dohmen

| Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 1999

| Albert Dohmen. Wagner Portrait

| Alban Berg, Lulu. CD

| Sister Helen Prejean

| Jake Heggie


Stefan Anton Reck won the 1st International "Arturo Toscanini competition" for conducting in 1985, and subsequently the first prize in the "International Gino Marinuzzi" competition in conducting. In 1987 and 1990 Reck received a scholarship from the Tanglewood Music Festival to study with Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. Reck was Music Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo from 1990-1994, Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Regionale del Lazio Roma from 1994-1998, and Music Director of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo from 1999-2003. From 1997 to 2000 he was Claudio Abbado's assistant, beginning with the Wozzeck production at the Osterfestspiele in Salzburg. For Pierre Boulez Reck prepared the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester for the Summer Tours 1997 and 1998 with Strawinsky's Sacre du Printemps, Boulez's Notations and Bartók's Blaubarts Burg. In 1998 Reck took over the new production of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste. In 1999 he debuted with Verdi's Falstaff in Claudio Abbado's Falstaff production with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Ferrara. In the course of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester Summer Tour 1999 under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Reck conducted a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 7 in Havana. In September 1999 Reck opened the concert season of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo with Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Also at the Teatro Massimo Reck conducted Arnold Schönberg's Die Erwartung with Anja Silja and Francis Poulenc's La voix humaine with Raina Kabaivanska in March 2000 followed by Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in October. In 2000 Reck conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in the course of the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern and on its annual European Tour with works of Shostakovitch, Mahler, Scrjabin and Bartók. In January 2001 Reck opened the season of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo with a new production of Alban Berg's Lulu, recorded live by OehmsClassics; by Arte Nova Classics he recorded a programme all Wagner with Albert Dohmen. In the following months Reck debuted very successfully with the Orchestre National de France, Paris, with the orchestras of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and of the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova. In November 2001 Reck completed the production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste with the Götterdämmerung. For the opening of the season 2002 of the Teatro Massimo Reck conducted Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, followed by a spectacular new production of the opera Moses und Aron of Arnold Schönberg and the concerts in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the reopening of the historic Teatro Massimo titled "La Memoria dell'Offesa. Dedicato alle vittime dell'Olocausto e di tutte le violenze." On the programme among others Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Arnold Schönberg's A Survivor from Warsaw, with Harvey Keitel as narrator. During the season 2002/2003 Reck conducted among others Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher in Palermo, Strauss’s Salome in Genova, Bellini’s Norma with Edita Gruberova in Tokyo, von Weber’s Der Freischütz in Leipzig as well as symphony concerts with the Orchestre National de France, Paris, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Rome and the orchestras of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In September 2003 he debuted at the Semperoper in Dresden with Verdi’s Aida. In 2004 Reck debuted at the Bayerische Staatsoper München with Alban Berg’s Lulu (3-act-version), at the Los Angeles Opera with a new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and at the reopened Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice with a new production of the opera Daphne by Richard Strauss, published as cd and dvd live-recording by Dynamic. In 2005 Reck was invited to conduct two new productions at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Alban Berg’s Lulu and Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Followed an intense concert and opera activity, with among others a new production (first european performance) of the opera Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie at the Semperoper Dresden, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro Reggio di Torino, a new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at the reopened Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Debuts at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Oper Frankfurt, as well as numerous symphony concerts with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Turin, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Edinburgh Festival), the orchestras of the Gran Teatro la Fenice, Venice, of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra … Reck has established a world wide reputation as a specialist for the music of Gustav Mahler, as well as the Second Viennese School of Berg, Schoenberg and Webern. As a conductor Reck works intensively to extract the special musical qualities of carefully chosen repertoire, and has built a strong affinity with contemporary Music.

Throughout his activity he conducted in the following theatre ant the following orchestras:

Orchestre National de France, Paris
Orchestre National de Montpellier
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg


Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin

Bayerische Staatsoper, München
Hamburgische Staatsoper, Hamburg
Oper, Frankfurt
Oper, Leipzig
Semperoper, Dresden

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Torino
Orchestra Regionale Lazio, Roma
Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo
Fondazione Arena, Verona
Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova
Teatro Comunale, Bologna
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Firenze
Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste
Teatro La Fenice, Venezia
Teatro Massimo, Palermo
Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari
Teatro Regio, Torino
Teatro San Carlo, Napoli

Scotland (United Kingdom)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Opera Bilbao, ABAO

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
New National Theater, Tokyo

Los Angeles Opera

Tanglewood Center Music Orchestra


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