Michael Halász’s first engagement as a conductor was at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, where, between 1972 and 1975, he directed all operetta productions. In 1975 he moved to Frankfurt to work as principal Kapellmeister with Christoph von Dohnányi, and here he conducted the most important works of the operatic repertoire. Many engagements as a guest conductor followed and in 1977 Dohnányi took him to the Staatsoper Hamburg as principal Kapellmeister. From 1978 to 1991 he was GMD (general music director) of the Hagen Opera House and in 1991 he took up the post of resident conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper for 20 years.
Michael Halász’s recordings for Naxos include ballets by Tchaikovsky, operatic excerpts of Wagner, symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler, Rossini’s overtures, three volumes of Liszt’s symphonic poems (the latter critically acclaimed by the Penguin Guide), Fidelio (8.660070-71), Don Giovanni (8.660080-82), Le nozze di Figaro (8.660102-04), Die Zauberflöte (8.660030-31), and a pioneering recording of Schreker’s opera Der ferne Klang (8.660074-75). He has also recorded Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Orfeo (8.550766), Richard Strauss’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (8.553379), Rubinstein’s Don Quixote (8.555394) and, for Marco Polo, ballet music by Rubinstein (8.220451) and Schmidt’s Symphony No. 1 (8.223119).