György G. Ráth the music director of the Opera of Nice is among the few conductors who is familiar with the worlds of operas, oratories and symphonic music as well. His broad repertoire embraces classical music from Bach to Bartók, operas from Mozart through Verdi and Puccini to Janacek.
His energetic conducting style always serves expression. Among his merits, apart from the clearness of analyzing the works, Critics generally acclaim tension and expression, adding that he always induces an enthusiastic playing of the orchestras under his baton, which captures the audience. While respecting traditions, he is looking for novelties and loves to re-discover forgotten past classics.
As music director of the Hungarian State Opera he created the first 3D performance of an opera in the world: Béla Bartok’s Bluebird’s castle and managed the Opera House over the most sold-out years of the past 15 years.
He was the 10th chairman-conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Society Orchestra when he conducted the first time after the composer Mahler his Symphonic poem in two parts, thought lost for a long time. He himself reconstructed the work from the existing manuscripts, for which work he was granted the Doctor Liberalium Artium title from the University of Pécs.
His professional work has been closely connected to the re-discovery of Ernő Dohnányi’s orchestral works, and he conducted Franz Schmidt’s Symphony 4 the first time in Budapest, 75 years after its premiere in Vienna.
He is a regular guest conductor in Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Lyric Theater in Chicago, the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, the opera houses in Rome and Nice, and of symphonic orchestras like the Seville Royal Philharmonics, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Italian Radio, the Seoul Philharmonics and the Zagrab Philharmonics. He worked in most countries of the world with artists like Marcello Alvarez, Renato Bruson, Ray Charles, José Cura, Daniella Dessi, Norma Fantini, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Maria Guleghina, Sumi Jo, Zoltán Zoltán, Gidon Kremer, Éva Marton, Viktoria Mullova, Leo Nucci, Uto Ughi, Giacomo Prestia, Samuel Ramey, Vadim Repin, Sylvia Sass and Grigorij Sokolov.
György G. Ráth regularly teaches young musicians. He wrote a book on conducting, including his personal experience and things he had learned during his own studies from his Hungarian teachers, László Somogyi and Ervin Lukács, as well as from Franco Ferrara in Italy, Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa in the United States, Kurt Masur in Germany and Karl Österreicher in Austria.
György G. Ráth started his career in 1986 by winning the Toscanini competition in Parma.