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 Repušić was first conductor at the Hanover State Opera, where he was entrusted with The Abduction from the Seraglio, Faust, Falstaff, Eugene Onegin and other operas. Since the 2016-17 season he has been general music director at the same theatre, heading performances of Manon Lescaut, The Flying Dutchmen, Salome and Aida. 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.
At the beginning of the 2017-18 season Repušić became chief conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra. Since then he has, among other things, mounted concert performances of Puccini’s La rondine and Verdis Luisa Miller, conducted two New Year’s galas and presented concerts in the Paradisi Gloria series.