Welsh National Opera has announced today that Czech conductor Tomas Hanus will take up the position of Music Director in autumn 2016, succeeding Lothar Koenigs. At the same time, Carlo Rizzi has been named Conductor Laureate with WNO with immediate effect. Born in 1970, Tomas Hanus studied with Jiri Belohlavek at the Janacek Academy of Music and Drama in Brno. He has a strong relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, and guest-conducts also at other opera houses in Europe.

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