The Israeli born Dan Ettinger is one of the internationally acclaimed talented young conductors of his generation.
Since the beginning of the 2009/2010 season he has been General Music Director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim and in April 2010 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition Dan Ettinger serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra since September 2005.
Dan Ettinger discovered already in early childhood his love to classical music and started piano lessons at the age of five.
During his studies at the “Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts” he also played the double bass and took his first singing lessons.
Right after his graduation he continued his vocal training at the “Rubin Academy of Music” in the Tel-Aviv University and was a scholarship holder of the “America Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF)” and the “Israel Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI)”.
Whilst studying, the young lyric baritone has already appeared on the concert platform and as a first prize winner of the “Francois Shapira” competition he made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in April 1993 performing Gustav Mahler's “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”.
In the course of his singing career in his homeland he portrayed the major roles of the lyric baritone repertoire, such as Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Lescaut in Manon, Albert in Werther, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Dancairo in Carmen.
The singer Dan Ettinger stayed devoted to his piano playing and teaching, and so he joined the faculty of the “Rubin Academy of Music” in the Tel-Aviv University and the “Academy of Music and Dance” in Jerusalem as a vocal coach and accompanist.
The success of the young artist was an inspiration and made a decisive influence on the development of a new generation of young singers in Israel.
Due to his tremendous versatility and autodidactic skills Dan Ettinger turned towards conducting, being deeply inspired especially by artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Sergiu Celibidache and Herbert von Karajan. The first opportunity came through an engagement as house conductor and chorus master at the Israeli Opera in Tel-Aviv, where he debuted in 1999 with Don Pasquale.
In the following years he acquired experience in conducting a rich operatic repertoire including Aida, La belle Hélène, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Evgeny Onegin, L'Italiana in Algeri, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Norma, La Traviata and Die Zauberflöte.
Since the beginning of his conducting career Dan Ettinger is also well known on the concert stage. He performed in winter 2001 Rossini's “Petite Messe Solennelle“ and Verdi's “Messa di Requiem“ in the Liturgica festival of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and in the years 2002-2003 he served as their principal guest conductor and interpreted major orchestral works like Berlioz's “Symphonie fantastique“, Mahler's 4th Symphony and Mozart's Requiem. During this time he also made his debuts with the Israel Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2003 he was “Chosen Artist“ of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation, Classical Music.
In the year 2003 Dan Ettinger was invited by General Music Director Daniel Barenboim to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. First engaged as Mr. Barenboim's assistant he was associated with the house until 2009 as Kapellmeister and enriched his repertoire with important works of the operatic literature, such as La Bohème, Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, L'Elisir d'Amore, Falstaff, Macbeth, Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, Tannhäuser, Tosca, La Traviata, Turandot and Die Zauberflöte.
In addition to his many responsibilities at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Dan Ettinger debuted in 2004 and 2005 at the Bayerische Staatsoper München with Le nozze di Figaro and at the Hamburgische Staatsoper with Rigoletto.
Further stations in his international career have been in the 2004/2005 season his successful USA debut with Aida at the Los Angeles Opera and in the following season conducting Robert Wilson's Madama Butterfly.
In 2007 he first stood on the podium of the Wiener Staatsoper conducting a production of L'Elisir d'Amore.
Following an invitation of Placido Domingo he returned to the USA to musically lead Martha Domingo's La Traviata at the Washington National Opera. With Turandot he debuted in spring 2009 at the Zurich Opera House.
Also in Japan acclaims Dan Ettinger great success. Since making his debut in 2004 with Falstaff, directed by Jonathan Miller, he has been a welcome guest at the New National Theatre Tokyo and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore followed the productions of Cosi fan tutte, Der Freischütz and Idomeneo.
Among the highlights of his conducting engagements at the New National Theatre Tokyo were Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in spring 2009 and the continuation of Keith Warner's “Tokyo Ring” with Siegfried and Die Götterdämmerung in spring 2010. Based of this intense and trustful cooperation with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra he took over as Chief Conductor in April 2010 to extend the existing continuous concerts activities since 2006.
A significant development in Dan Ettinger's career was his appointment as General Music Director of the Nationaltheater Mannheim as of the 2009/2010 season. Under this position he conducted the new productions of Carmen, Turandot, Evgeny Onegin, Lohengrin and Die Zauberflöte and quickly became the theatre public and concert goers favorite. Together with the director Günter Krämer he has been responsible for the creation of the new production of La clemenza di Tito at Mannheim's Mozart summer festival 2010 in Schwetzingen. In addition he conducted the revivals of Cosi fan tutte, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Le nozze di Figaro.
Also in the Mannheim concert scene Dan Ettinger and the Musikalische Akademie des Nationaltheater-Orchesters have made a significant impact. Starting with a triumphal kick off with Mahler's 2nd Symphony and further attractive concert highlights, such as Beethoven's “Eroica”, Liszt's “Faust-Sinfonie”, Mahler's 4th Symphony, Strawinsky's „Le sacre du printemps“ and the Symphonische Ring, followed the General Music Director and his orchestra the renowned tradition of the Musikalische Akademie's concert series since 1778.
To the most important future plans in Mannheim belongs the new production of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle directed by Achim Freyer, and in the 2013/2014 season Dan Ettinger will be focusing on the major works of Richard Strauss, among them Elektra and Salome.
Even these present days the internationally acclaimed Israeli conductor keeps on shaping the musical landscape of his homeland.
Since his appointment as Music Director and Principal Conductor in 2005 he led the Israel Symphony Orchestra to one of Israel's leading orchestras.
In recent years Dan Ettinger made his debuts with great success at the most prestigious international opera houses.
In 2009 he was engaged to conduct Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera New York. With David McVicar's Rigoletto took place in autumn 2010 his celebrated debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in 2011 followed his first appearance at the Opéra national de Paris conducting Giorgio Strehler's legendary production of Le nozze di Figaro.
Due to his energetic and inspiring performances further engagements where announced at the Bayerische Staatsoper München with Carmen (2008/2009 and 2010/2011) and La Traviata (2009/2010) and at the Wiener Staatsoper with L'Italina in Algeri (2009/2010) and Aida (2010/2011).
During the 2011/2012 season Dan Ettinger will be regularly seen at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, interpreting Carmen, L'Elisir d'Amore, Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème and Turandot, and in January 2012 he will also make there his concert debut with Mahler's 2nd Symphony.
In fall 2011 he returns to the New National Theatre Tokyo to lead Heinz Zednik's revival of Die Fledermaus and in January 2012 to the Wiener Staatsoper for Otello.
His upcoming engagements, in addition to his many tasks and responsibilities in Mannheim, Tokyo and Tel-Aviv, include a return appearance at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 2012 with Turandot, as well as Carmen, La Bohème and La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper München and Aida, Carmen, Otello and Tosca at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2013.
The seasons 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 will also bring Dan Ettinger back to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to conduct La Traviata as well as La Bohème.
In addition to live broadcasts of Dan Ettinger's performances the following CD/DVD recordings are available:
“Coloraturas“ with Diana Damrau and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester
“Adrianne Pieczonka sings Puccini“ with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester
“Dan Ettinger meets Gil Shaham“ with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (DVD, Fivetone)
Furthermore, CD recordings of him and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra are held regularly (Tower Records / Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.).
So far have been published:
Mozart / Piano Concerto no. 21 (Piano: Dan Ettinger) and Tchaikovsky / Symphony no. 5
Schumann / Symphony no. 4 and Brahms / Symphony no. 4
Mahler / Symphony no. 4
Richard Strauss / “Also sprach Zarathustra“