Born in 1978, the Croatian conductor Ivan Repušić studied with Vjekoslav Šutej at Zagreb Academy of Music and furthered his training with Jorma Panula and Gianluigi Gelmetti. He also served as assistant to Kazushi Ōno at the State Theatre in Karlsruhe and with Donald Runnicles at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. His actual career was launched in 2002 at the Croatian National Theatre in Split, where he functioned as chief conductor and opera director (2006–08). There he mastered an especially large repertoire of Italian opera that distinguishes him to the present day. He also gathered formative experiences as music programme director of the Split and Dubrovnik summer festivals. A longstanding friendship connects him with the Zadar Chamber Orchestra, whose director he has been since 2005. He also held a teaching appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts at Split University until 2017.
From 2010 to 2013 Ivan Repušić was first Kapellmeister at the Hannover State Opera; since 2016 he has been general music director and will continue there until the end of the 2018/2019 season. Most recently he has directed, among other productions, Manon Lescaut, the Flying Dutchman, Salome, Aida and La damnation de Faust at the Hannover Staatsoper. In 2011 he gave his début at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, with Puccini’s La bohème. Since then he has served as its first permanent guest conductor, presenting such central repertory works as The Magic Flute, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, La bohème, Tosca, Turandot, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, Eugene Onegin, Carmen and Tannhäuser. He could also be heard at the Hamburg State Opera, the Semper Opera in Dresden, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Orchestra sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony and the Slovenian Philharmonic. He has given gala concerts in Budapest and Zagreb with the soprano Anja Harteros and stood at the rostrum of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, for the festive AIDS gala in 2016.
From the 2017/2018 season Ivan Repušić took over the position of chief conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra, with whom he presented Verdi’s Luisa Miller for his debut concert. A live recording was released on CD as were, for example, the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé and the overtures of Franz von Suppe. Additional successful collaborations include the concertante performances of Verdi’s I due Foscari with baritone legend Leo Nucci in Munich and Budapest, a guest performance with the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Munich Radio Orchestra in Zagreb, and a concert tour with Diana Damrau.