Wales nails maestro

Wales nails maestro


norman lebrecht

March 03, 2020

Tomáš Hanus has extended his contract as music director of Welsh National Opera to 2026. The effervescent Czech is in demand and they’ve done well to hold onto him.

Hanus said: ‘Following a fantastic four years … I am delighted to be renewing my contract from 2021-2026. Being afforded the opportunity to remain with WNO for another five years allows me to continue to work towards my artistic vision for the Company. I am excited to see the development of the Company in the years to come and continue to perform opera and concerts of the highest standard with my esteemed colleagues.’

He does it better with the baton. The minder (below) is WNO’s General Director Aidan Lang.



  • kundry says:

    He is selling himself short. He could do a lot better than many conductors ( Viotti, etc) and conductresses ( Elim Chan , Mallwitz and just about all of them , except Simone Young). Just a question of management – Keynote vs. Askonas/Holt or HP, or others. I wish him luck!

  • Gus says:

    Excellent that WNO has him for another 6 years.

    I like Tomas and appreciate his taking time to share with his audience at his Orchestral concerts something interesting about the programmed piece. Many thanks.

  • Mark says:

    This is good news. I hope we will also hear TH with other orchestras in UK. His excellent concert a couple of years ago with London Symphony Orchestra performing Martinů Symphonies 2 and 5 in Switzerland was not repeated or even broadcast in this country – we had to listen to online stream. Not too late for a broadcast, and more concerts in UK with LSO and others and with WNO around Wales and elsewhere – so far as I know they haven’t visited Theatr Hafren in Newtown yet, but they are a National institution.