Rastislav Štúr is the Principal Conductor of the Opera of the Slovak National Theatre (SND; 1998 – 2012 and from 2016) and the Permanent Guest Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied conducting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Mr Štúr made his conducting debut at the SND opera house with Mefistofele (Boito) in 1996, which opened up further opportunities for him. Here he then studied in the opera productions The Daughter of the Regiment (Donizetti), A Masked Ball, Il trovatore and La traviata (Verdi) which he conducted on tour in Japan in 2004 (with the soloists Peter Dvorský and Maria Guleghina), the Barber of Seville (Rossini), The Magic Flute (Mozart), The Bartered Bride (Smetana), Nabucco (Verdi), Andrea Chénier (Giordano), The Maid of Orleans and The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky), Faust (Gounod), Manon Lescaut and Triptych (Puccini), the ballets Andersen (Nedbal), Spartacus (Khatchaturian), La Sylphide (Løvenskjold), and Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev). He also conducted Tosca (Puccini), Così fan tutte (Mozart), Falstaff (Verdi), Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), Werther (Massenet) among others.
Since 1999 he has regularly worked with Peter Dvorský in a number of performances at the SND Opera and in concerts with leading orchestras in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria. He conducted P. Dvorský in a concert with Montserrat Caballé (2000), Gabriela Beňačková (2002), Ilona Tokody (2003), and Anatolij Kotscherga (2006) as well as a combined concert with Eva Urbanová and Jelena Obraztsova in 2002. Together with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Mr Dvorský, he recorded a CD entitled Vivere. Mr Štúr often conducts performances of important Czech works with foreign orchestras. In 1999 he prepared Smetana’s Bartered Bride with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg at the Opera National du Rhin with a selection of soloists from around the world. In 2005 he conducted Dvořák’s oratorio The Spectre’s Bride with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Eva Urbanová, Ľudovít Ludha, Peter Mikuláš). Together with the Chinese orchestra NCPA (National Centre for the Performing Arts) he performed Dvořák’s Rusalka (2016). This was the historically first performance of a Czech opera in China and the first opera in the world to use 3D technology.
He has wide experience with foreign orchestras, opera houses and leading soloists. He toured Spain with the orchestras the Czech Virtuosi (2001) and the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (2003). In 2004 he conducted at the opera in Graz (The Elixir of Love; Donizetti), in Giessen (The Barber of Seville; Rossini), in Essen (Così fan tutte; Mozart), performed with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the soloist Heinrich Schiff, and with the Moscow Philharmonic. He regularly cooperates with the Prague Symphony orchestra FOK with whom he performed in Nuremberg (2003), Wrocłav (2004) and Merseburg (2005), toured the USA and performed in the Ema Destinnová Festival in České Budějovice (2008) and Shanghai (2013). He conducted the Czech National Orchestra with Ute Lemper at the Prague Proms Festival in 2008, with Gabriela Beňačková and Eva Urbanová at the Berlin Konzerthaus (2008) and with Lawrence Brownlee and Mojca Erdmann in Prague (2012).
In 2014 he conducted concerts with Joseph Calleja in Prostějov and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and Simon Keenlyside and Štefan Kocán were soloists with the Czech Philharmonic at the Smetana Hall in Prague in 2015. He has also performed with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Cairo (2010) and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” in the Large Hall of theMoscow Conservatory (2017).
Rastislav Štúr regularly cooperates with the Slovak Philharmonic in different concert cycles, and has conducted the orchestra in Cologne (2003 and 2005), Interlaken (2005), Ingolstadt with the soloist Mischa Maisky (2010), on a concert tour of Spain (2010 and 2016), in a concert in the Tonhalle in Zürich with Edita Gruberova, Pavol Bršlík and Jozef Benci (2012), in Brussels with Jolana Fogašová and Štefan Kocán (2016) and in Rome with Dalibor Karvay (2016). He has made CD recordings with the orchestra