Vjekoslav Sutej - Conductor
Vjekoslav Sutej is Musical Director and Principal Conductor of The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and a professor of conducting at the Zagreb Academy of Music.
Mr. Sutej was born in Rijeka, Croatia, where he grew up in a musical environment. Both of his parents sang in the Croatian National Opera House. He studied conducting under Igor Gjadrov at the Zagreb Academy of Music, and he obtained his MMus in Rome with Franco Ferrara.
From 1979-1989 he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Croatian National Theatre in Split. From 1986-1990 was Artistic Director of Hollybush Festival in New Jersey, where he started his international career. From 1990-1993 he was Music Director of “La Fenice” in Venice, where he conducted new productions of Eugene Onegin and Rigoletto.
In Spain Mr. Sutej is an academician and a member of “Real Academia De Bellas Artes.” He founded “Real Orquesta Simfonica De Sevilla” and was their Artistic Director and Principal Conductor from 1990 to 1996. He received the freedom of the City of Sevilla.
From 1992-1997, he was Music Director of “Houston Grand Opera,” where he conducted 133 performances, including 19 new productions. Among them are La Boheme, Andrea Chenier, Ariadne Auf Naxos, Aida, La Traviata, Faust, Atilla, Lucia Di Lammermoore, Boris Godunov, Les Contes D’hoffman, Florenzia En El Amazonas, and more.
From 2002-2005 he was a musical director of Dubrovnik Summer Festival. He was a guest conductor in many opera houses worldwide. He conducted New Productions at the Verdi Festival in Parma (Le Trover); in San Francisco (Carmen); Turin, (IL Trovatore, Fanciulla del West); Arena Di Verona (Carmen, Rigoletto, Aida); Verona (Il Trittico, Pagliacci); Catania (Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, Tosca); Tokyo (Faust, Carmen, Madama Butterfly); Naples (Cavaleria rusticana); Madrid (Manon); Seattle (Florenzia en el Amazonas, Madama Butterfly); Munchen (Manon Lescaut); Berlin (Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Fanciulla del West) and more.
Since 1994 Vjekoslav Sutej has been regularly invited to conduct at the Vienna State Opera, where he has conducted over hundred performances so far. He conducted the performance of Tosca marking the centenary of its world premiere at the Vienna State Opera. He opened the 2001/02 season conducting “Don Carlos” with Shicoff, Mescheriacova and Furlanetto what was broadcast on the main city squares in Vienna iand Graz. In the last 9 years he has conducted the Vienna State Opera productions of The Queen Of Spades, La Boheme, Don Carlos, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, La Juive, La Favorita, Lucia Di Lammermoore, Cavaleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci, Nabucco, Andrea Chenier, Aida and Carmen.
As a guest conductor he conducted orchestras in the United States, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Japan.
Mr. Sutej conducts popular concerts with the most popular opera stars: the 1991 New Year’s Concert in Frankfurt with Carreras; the 1992 Red Square Gala in Moscow; Carreras in Vienna and Berlin; Caballe in Rome; gala concerts with Caballe and Carreras in Orange, France and Epidaurus, Greece; the Budapest Gala with Ross, Domingo and Carreras; the 1995 Gala Concert with Carreras at Arena Di Verona; the Monte Carlo Gala Concert with Vargas and Rost, the Mexico City Gala with Vargas, gala concerts with Gulegina in Tokyo and Nagoya, Verdi gala with Vargas in Munich, Arena Di Verona “Corona di Pietra”—gala concert with Domingo, Opera gala with Vargas in Prague.
He conducted “Christmas In Vienna” for the first four years. The recordings of those concerts have been sold in more than a 2 million copies. Mr. Sutej received a gold medal of the City of Vienna for his contribution in promoting music culture. He has recorded the “Love Songs” CD with Carreras, CD and DVD of Pagliacci with Alagna and Vasilleva, CD with Ramon Vargas & friends. La Juive for ORF with Schicoff, DVD “Corona di Pietra” with Domingo.
Upcoming contracts include: Tosca, Rigoletto, La Favorit; Madama Butterfly, Fanciulla dell West, Tosca, Cavaleria / Pagliacci, Forza del Destino (Berlin); La Traviata, La Boheme (Seattle); Nabucco (Arena Di Verona); tour with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Mexico, Japan, Italy, Sweden).