Vinicius Kattah has been the Chief Conductor of the Kosice State Opera in Slovakia for the past four years. The young conductor was born in Brazil and won prizes at major international conducting competitions at a young age, such as 1st place at the "Blue Danube International Conducting Competition" and 3rd place at the "7° Concorso Internazionale Per Direttori D'opera Luigi Mancinelli" in Orvieto, Italy.
In addition to opera, Vinicius excels in church music. His training in São Paulo includes church music, choral conducting and orchestral conducting. In addition to his musical training, he is also passionate about theology.
Kattah currently lives in Vienna, where he has conducted with various orchestras over the past 12 years at the Vienna State Opera, Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Hofburg, Schönbrunn Palace and others. His work as a conductor has taken him to many parts of the world: Europe, USA, Brazil, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Australia, China and Japan.
Recent engagements have included a world premiere at Madrid's Teatro Real, a concert with world-renowned soprano Andrea Rost with the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra, concerts in China and Japan, a premiere of Verdi's Otello and La Traviata, Beethoven's Fidelio and Massenet's Werther at the Kosice State Opera, a concert with the Kosice State Philharmonic and as guest conductor at opera houses such as the Slovak National Opera, the Plovdiv Opera and the Barenboim-Said Orchestra in Palestine.
Kattah conducted the world premiere of the opera "Cinderella", composed by the young composer Alma Deutscher and featured in the BBC documentary "Finding Cinderella". The conductor was also responsible for the world premiere of the newly discovered works by Mozart, Salieri and Cornetti, the friendship song "Por la recuperate saute di Ofelia" in his project Tutti Mozart.
Kattah started conducting at a young age when he received a scholarship to study church music with the famous conductor Helmuth Rilling in Germany and the USA. After completing his studies, Kattah's career led him to opera. He also worked as a répétiteur and assistant to the GMD at the Cologne Opera.