Gabor Ötvös studied music in his native Budapest and in Italy before starting his career as Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony in 1961.
He adopted the German citizenship in 1964. In 1967 he was given the position of First Conductor in the Frankfurt Opera.
He made his American debut at the New York City Opera in 1969 and made his bow at the Metropolitan Opera House following Rudolf Bing's invitation in 1971.
In 1972 he joined the Augsburg Opera as General Music Director and Opera Director.
It was also there that he made his debut as regisseur, directing Wagner's Ring.
The Royal Opera of Copenhagen bestowed on him the title of Royal Conductor in 1981 upon his appointment as Music Director.
Today Mr. Ötvös is principal guest conductor both at the Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile and the Australian Opera Gabor Ötvös has conducted most major orchestras in concert venues, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Budapest, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Paris, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Toronto Symphony and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
He has conducted opera in the leading Opera Houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera and in Venice, Naples, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, at the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome (1997 Elektra).
In 2000 Mr. Ötvös was bestowed the Bundesverdienstkreuz - a sublime distinction of the State of Germany appreciating his merits for representing German culture and music abroad.
Some of Maestro Ötvös' more recent projects are:
a new production of Elektra at the Rome Opera, chosen by the Italian critics as the "Best opera production of the year",
a production of Wagner's Die Feen - staged for the first time ever in Italy - in Cagliari,
new productions of - Wozzeck, both with the Australian Opera and the Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, a new production of La Clemenza di Tito also in Santiago, a new production of Parsifal in Lisbon.