Stefan Soltesz, Austrian, German conductor. Named Opera House of Year, Oper Welt, 2008; recipient Cultural prize, Foundation Savings Banks, The Rhineland, Germany, 2004, Orchestra of Year, Essen Philarmonic Orchestra, 2003-2008, Aalto Music Theatre, Honorary Professor, State North Rhine Westphalia.
Soltesz, Stefan was born on January 6, 1949 in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. Arrived in Austria, 1956. Son of Stefan and Auguste Soltesz.
Student, Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna. Studied with Professor Hans Swarowsky.
Conductor Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 1971-1973. Coach, conductor Vienna State Opera, 1973-1983. Guest conductor Opera of Graz, Austria, 1979-1981.
Musical assistant to Karl Böhm, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Herbert von Karajan Salzburg Music Festivals, Austria, 1978, 79, 83. Permanent conductor Hamburg State Opera, Germany, 1983-1985, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin, 1985-1997. Music director State Theater of Brunswick, Germany, 1988-1993, Flanders Opera of Antwerp, Ghent, Belgium, 1992-1997, Aalto Music Theater, Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, 1997, general and artistic director, since 1997.
Guest conductor Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Opera of Bonn, Opera of Frankfurt, Hamburg Opera, State Opera Stuttgart, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Bellini Catania, Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center, United States, Semper Opera, Dresden, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Opera Bilbao, Spain, Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, San Francisco Opera, Zurich Opera, Japan, Festivals in Montpellier, Aix-en Provence, Savonlinna, Finland, symphony concerts, Paris, Montpellier, Vienna, Bremen, Dresden, Leipzig, Torino, Catania, Rome, Milan, Genua, Basel, Graz, Hannover, Saarbrücken, Trieste, Verona, Bern, Berlin, Budapest, Palermo.
Recordings: Puccini's La Boheme, Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni, The Chalk Circle. Recordings of arias and lieder with Grace Bumbry, Lucia Popp and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Musical director, pianist Doppleriade: Compositions for Flute by F. and K. Doppler.
Married Diana Roselind, February 1, 1974.