Born, raised and educated in the United States,
has lived and worked in Europe since 1985, and has carved a career as one of the most versatile, cosmopolitan and experienced operatic conductors on the European scene. Fluent in nine languages, he is equally at home in German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish or American repertoire. From 2002 to 2008 Ivan Törzs was Principal Conductor of the Flanders Opera (de Vlaamse Opera) in Antwerp, Belgium. Here he led performances of numerous operas, including Pikovaya Dama, La Traviata, Luisa Miller, Il Pirata, Carmen, Salome, Ariadne auf Naxos, Arabella, and Fidelio, finally crowning his tenure with a new production of Wagner’s Ring which ran from May 2006 to July 2008, to critical and audience acclaim. Prior to his appointment in Antwerp, Ivan Törzs spent nine years as Music and Artistic Director of the Mecklenburg State Theatre in Schwerin, Germany. Renata Scotto sang her first Kundry with him, Helen Donath her first Desdemona, and Cheryl Studer her first Senta. Ivan Törzs made his début at the Vienna State Opera with L’elisir d’amore, at the Hamburg State Opera with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and at the Stuttgart Opera with La Bohème. He has appeared at the opera houses of Düsseldorf, Strasbourg, Nuremberg, Prague, Budapest, Nancy, Miami, Münster, Spoleto and many other cities. In 2004 he conducted the live international telecast concert of the laureates of Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Competition. For their Millennium Gala 2000, the Budapest Opera invited Ivan Törzs to conduct Bluebeard’s Castle, representing the many ethnically Hungarian conductors living outside of Hungary. In recent years Ivan Törzs has been in increasing demand as an educator, leading master classes and opera workshops for with young singers and conducors. In this capacity he conducted productions of Don Giovanni for the combined opera studios of the Suisse Romande, Le Nozze di Figaro for Northwestern University, Così Fan Tutte for the Netherlands Opera Studio, and Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe and Die Zauberflöte in Detmold Germany, where he has held a professorship since 2010.