Francesc Prat

Francesc Prat is a conductor and composer who approaches music with an open mind and who divides his time between the symphonic repertoire, opera and contemporary creation, for which he feels a particular affinity. This interest has placed him in today’s music scene, particularly in Switzerland and Spain, as well as directing projects at events as diverse as the Lucerne Festival, Basel Composition Competition, ArtBasel, Berlinale or the Barcelona Sónar Festival.


Francesc Prat began his musical training at the Escolania de Montserrat. He continued his studies of oboe, piano and theory at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona. He subsequently graduated in oboe at the Musikhochschule Luzern, in composition at the Hochschule für Musik Basel / Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, and in conducting at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

In the opera field, he has been assistant to the English director Ivor Bolton at the Teatro Real in Madrid, where he made his debut in March 2016 directing Wagner’s “Das Liebesverbot”. He has also worked at the Theater Basel, the Dutch National Opera, the Neuköllner Opera Berlin, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona. Between 2012 and 2015 he regularly assisted maestro Josep Pons at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, ​​where he had previously worked as musical assistant to Sebastian Weigle.

His operistic repertoire includes several names from the current scene (Haas, Sciarrino, Moser, Oehring, Barret) as well as others from the more classical repertoire (Nebra, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten). He regularly collaborates with the Basel Symphony, the Slovenian RTV Symphony and the ensemble BCN216 as well as being the artistic director of the Illa de Menorca Chamber Orchestra and of the Girona GIO Symphonia and, in Switzerland, the musical director of Ö! ensemble für neue musik. He also works with the Basel Sinfonietta, the Nederlands Kamerorkest, the Madrid Symphony, the Essener Philarmoniker, the National Classical Orchestra of Andorra (ONCA), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia or with ensembles such as the Ensemble Phoenix Basel or the Collegium Vocale Gent.

At the Peralada Festival, he premiered as musical director the opera by Joan Magrané Diàlegs de Tirant e Carmesina (Dialogues of Tirant and Carmesina) produced by ÒBNC, which was performed in the 2019-20 season of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and in Teatros del Canal, Madrid, collaboration with Teatro Real, in the 2022-23 season.

As a composer, his catalogue mainly includes chamber music and works for ensemble, which have been awarded  prizes in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria. In October 2012 he premiered his first opera in Basel. He collaborates as musical advisor with Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, ÒBNC, and in 2020 he composed the solo Cállate (Be quiet!) with libretto by Oriol Pla for the Sis Solos Soles (Six Solos Alones) project, six new creations for six female voices, premiered on September 28, 2022 at Ateneu Barcelonès, Barcelona.

Opera in Editorial Mondigromax catalogue:

CÁLLATE. (BE QUIET!) Monodrama for mezzo-soprano a capella

Raquel García-Tomás
Francesc Prats


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