Artistic director, director of the gala
András Almási-Tóth graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in 1997, after studying in the theatre directing course there. In 2006, he also obtained his doctoral degree there. An associate professor at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music, he has headed the institution's opera programme since 2009. He has taught at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest, the Gáspár Károli University of the Reformed Church, the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and Budapest Metropolitan University and has also held workshops at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Berlin’s Universitat der Künste and at Florence's Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini.
He has served as an artistic consultant for the Armel Opera Festival since 2016 and worked as a play director at the Budapest Chamber Theatre. He has also worked as a dramaturg and director at the Budapest Operetta Theatre, various theatres in Kaposvár, Sopron, Szeged, Debrecen, Eger, Kecskemét and the German city of Ludwigshafen, as well as with the Szeged Contemporary Dance Company. Since 2010, he has focused his activities on the genre of opera. A winner of the István Örkény Drama-writing Scholarship in 2006, he was also recognised with the László Vámos Award for his work as a director in 2010 and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (civilian division) in 2017. Since July 2018, he has served as the artistic director of the Hungarian State Opera.