Czech conductor Jakub Hruša makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season conducting Carmen.
Hruša is Chief Conductor of Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of Czech Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and from September 2017 Principal Guest Conductor of Philharmonia Orchestra. Opera appearances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cunning Little Vixen, Carmen, The Turn of the Screw, La bohème and Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Festival), The Makropulos Case (Vienna State Opera), Rusalka (Paris Opéra), Il trittico (Frankfurt Opera), Jenufa (Finnish National Opera), Boris Godunov (Royal Danish Opera) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Prague National Theatre). He was Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour for three years. As a guest conductor he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Filarmonica della Scala, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. His extensive discography includes Smetana’s Má vlast with Bamberg Symphony (Tudor), nine discs of Czech music with PKF – Prague Philharmonia (Supraphon and Pentatone) and live recordings of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Octavia Records).
Hruša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2015 he became the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.