Artist database

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Fischer Ádám


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Born: 9th September 1949, Budapest.

Conductor, general music director of the Hungarian State Opera.

He studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Music Academy, then until 1971 at the Vienna Music College as pupil of Hans Swarowsky. In the next few years he learned on the master course of Franco Ferrara in Venice and Siena.

His international career began when he came in first at the Guido Cantelli International Conductor Contest in 1973, ever since he has been a regular guest at the world´s finest opera houses (Wiener Staatsoper, La Scala Milan, Metropolitan, etc.) and festivals (Salzburg, Bregenz, Maggio Musicale, etc.). He has conducted such famous orchestras as the Wiener Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In 1971-72 he was conductor and correpetitor of the Graz Theatre, from 1972 to 1973 of the St. Pölten Theatre. From 1973 to 1974 he was the correpetitor of the Wiener Staatsoper and the first conductor of Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (1974-1977). From 1975 he was the conductor of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1978 the conductor of the Karlsruhe Theatre. In 1980 he was invited to the Salzburg Festival. He debuted as conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1980, where he also conducted the Ring of the Nibelung. From 1981 to 1983 he worked in Freiburg as general music director. He debuted 1984 at Paris Opera, where he conducted the Rose Knight. In the same year he performed in Japan and ever since he is a frequent guest there.

Since 1984 he is guest conductor of Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra and since 1996 he is first guest conductor and art counselor there. Conducting the Magic Flute, he introduced himself 1986 at Milano Scala. For five years (1987-1992) he was the music director of Kassel State Theatre, from autumn 2000 he has directed the opera ensemble of the Mannheim National Theatre. He is a returning guest in Bayreuth, where he debuted in 2001 as conductor of the Ring cycle. His artistic performance was awarded by the periodical ´´Opernwelt´´ with the title ´´Conductor of the Year´´.

He is spiritus rector and artistic director of Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and the Danish Radio Chamber Orchestra. For the season 2005/2006 he was first guest conductor and from 2006 the general music director of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2007 Ádám Fischer is general music director of the Hungarian State Opera. His prize-winner records are Goldmark´s Queen of Saba (Hungaroton) and Bartók´s Bluebeard´s Castle (CBS/Sony). He made a record series of Haydn´s symphonies.

Recently he was awarded with Kossuth Prize (2008).
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1983 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Szentivánéji álom (részletek)
(Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: A Midsummer Night's Dream - excerpts)
Hungaroton HRC 1027 Echo Collection
1995 Esküvői zene
(Wedding music)
Hungaroton HCD 31472
1996 Classic Masterworks - Maurice Ravel Capriccio C49038
1996 Classic Masterworks - Antonin Dvorak Capriccio C49039
1997 Goldmark Károly: Sába királynője
(Goldmark Karl: Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Saba))
Hungaroton HCD 12179-81 3 CDs /Recorded in 1980
1998 Paisiello, Giovanni: A sevillai borbély
(Paisiello, Giovanni: Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Hungaroton HCD 12525-26 2 CDs - Recorded in 1984
1999 Operanyitányok és Intermezzók
(Opera Overtures and Intermezzos)
Hungaroton HRC 1035 Echo Collection
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben I.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 1)
Hungaroton HRC 1047 Echo Collection
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 14507 Further contributor: Deborah Sipkai, Evelyne Dubourg, Heinz Fricke, Hans Vonk, Yuri Ahronovitch...
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 24458 Further contributor: Evelyne Dubourg, Deborah Sipkai, Eckart Haupt, Peter Wohlert, Herbert Kegel...
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2001 Ponchielli, Amilcare: La Gioconda Arthaus Musik 100232
2004 Classic Moods - Puccini, Schubert, Wagner, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky Capriccio C18404
2007 Opera Highlights Vol.1 Arthaus Musik 102047 DVD
2008 Kórusművek
(Choral Works)
BMC Records BMC CD 144 Own
2008 Kodály Zoltán: Háry János szvit, Nyári este, Fölszállott a páva (Változatok egy magyar népdalra)
(Kodály, Zoltán: Háry János-Suite, Summer Evening, Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song (The Peacock))
BMC Records BMC CD 141 Own
2009 Ponchielli, Amilcare: La Gioconda Arthaus Musik 100233 DVD
2011 Domingo, Placido - Meyerbeer, Giacomo: L'Africaine - Ponchielli, Amilcare: La Gioconda - Sains-Saens, Camille: Samson et Dalila Arthaus Musik 107511 4 DVDs
2015 Legendary Performances - Ponchielli, Amilcare: La Gioconda Arthaus Musik 109089 Blu-ray Disc
2016 Great Arias: Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias and Scenes Arthaus Musik 109243 Blu-ray disc
2016 Great Arias - Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias and Scenes Arthaus Musik 109242
2017 Best Wishes from Plácido Domingo - Ponchielli, Amilcare: La Gioconda - Meyerbeer, Giacomo: L'Africaine Arthaus Musik 109327 3 DVDs