Peter Feranec

Peter Feranec was born in 1964 in Bratislava (Slovakia). In 1985 after graduating from the Bratislava Academy of Music, he attended the Bartok International Festival and Seminar in Hungary (1985-1987). The same year he received a scholarship from the Russian Ministry of Culture and continued his studies at the State Conservatory in St Petersburg under Maris Jansons (graduated in 1990). After completing his postgraduate studies in Vienna in 1991 by Prof. K. Oesterreicher, Peter was selected as a conductor of the Slovak National Opera House in Bratislava. He participated in the International Competitions of Conductors — in Tokyo (1991), Budapest (1992), and Vienna (1992). Since 1993 Peter conducted several opera productions at the Vienna Chamber Opera as a principal conductor, led Mozart operas Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni at the Vienna Festival Mozart in Schönbrunn in 1992 and 1993.

Peter made his debut as conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in February 1995, leading an original-language production of Le Nozze di Figaro and was appointed Principal Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre. At the Bolshoi he led the productions of Lucia di Lammermoor , La Bohéme , La traviata (Season 1995/96), Aida (1996/97), Love for three Orange s (1997/98).

From 1997 to 2000 Peter was a Guest Conductor of The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmoniс Orchestra, Orchestra du Capitol Toulouse, Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonics, Czech Philharmonics, Oslo Philharmonics, Moscow Symphonic Orchestra, Lisbon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and others.

He conducted opera performances at the Deutsche Oper ( Don Giovanni ), Koln Opera House ( Il trittico , Love For Three Oranges ), the Prague National Opera ( Le Nozze di Figaro , Carmen , Rusalka , Adrienne Lecouvreur ), Théâtre du Capitole ( Eugene Onegin ), the Mariinsky Theatre, Komische Oper in Berlin, the Teatro Colón, the Norwegian National Opera.

In the season of 2004/2005 he made his debut at the Zurich Opera where he conducted ballets Rubies and Theme and Variations , Le Sacre du printemps , The Nutcracker , and Cinderella .

From June 2009 till December 2011 Peter Feranec has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. He became music director of the productions of Swan Lake , Rusalka, La Juive, Un ballo in maschera, La Bohème and The Sleeping Beauty .

Since 2012 Peter Feranec has been Music Director at the Janacek National Opera House in Brno.
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