"Conductor, 24, takes over new opera without rehearsal"
Levente Török has been First Conductor at the Mecklenburg State Theatre, Schwerin since the start of the 2022/2023 season.
Born in Hungary in 1993, he comes from a family of musicians and began assisting at renowned music festivals, such as the Wagner Festival in Wels and at the Baden-Baden Festival, early on during the course of his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Here he was able to work with Ralf Weikert, Sir Simon Rattle and Teodor Currentzis, amongst others.
In the 2014/2015 season he initially worked as assistant choir director at the Choir Academy of the Vienna State Opera.
From 2015 to 2018 he was engaged at the Theatre Regensburg as a solo répétiteur with conducting duties. In addition to his own productions (‘Der Vetter aus Dingsda‘ and several ballet and children's productions), he conducted over a hundred repertoire performances there, such as 'Un ballo in maschera', 'La Cenerentola' and 'Così fan tutte'.
He began his commitment as First Conductor in Ulm from 2018 to 2022. There he conducted new productions such as 'Katja Kabanova', 'Hänsel and Gretel', 'Rigoletto', 'Il barbiere di Siviglia' and 'My Fair Lady', but also numerous standing productions including 'Ariadne auf Naxos', 'The Marriage of Figaro', ' Lucia di Lammermoor', 'The Flying Dutchman', 'Fidelio' and 'Cendrillon' with great success.
In April 2019, Levente Török made his debut at the Hungarian State Opera with Zoltán Kodály's fairytale opera 'Háry János'. Further invitations followed with 'Hunyadi László' (Ferenc Erkel) in October 2019 and Britten's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' in January 2022.
In June 2021 he won the 1st International Conducting Competition in Llíria, Valencia. Thanks to this success, he received invitations to the National Orchestra of Spain, Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Malaga Philharmonic, Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville and Orchestra of Valencia. In December 2021 he conducted a Christmas concert in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein.
In July 2022 he conducted the Hungarian National Philharmonic for the first time as part of the Beethoven Festival Martonvásár.
In 2023 he made his debut at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, with a Rachmaninov, Liszt, Dohnányi program and the Miskolc Symphonic Orchestra, he led the new production of ‘Madama Butterfly‘ at the Icelandic Opera and returned to the Hungarian State Opera with Gluck's 'Iphigenie auf Tauris'.
In the season 2023/2024 he will make his debut with the Spanish National Radio and Television Orchestra (with Bartóks Concerto for Orchestra), with Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra (Pécs), with the Dohnányi Orchestra (Budapest) and with the Symphonic Orchestra of Szeged and will return to the Hungarian State Opera with a Tosca-revival and to the Miskolc Symphonic Orchestra (with Máté Szűcs- ex-viola principal of the Berlin Philharmonic).