Principal Conductor, Metropolitan Opera
General Music Director, Zurich Opera
Principal Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, 2017-2020
Manager: Tim Fox, Andrea Anson , Artistic Advisor & Consultant
Management Territory: North America, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Japan
“Mr. Luisi conducts a stylish, crisp performance of the score, allowing singers ample time to linger over arias, yet keeping things lithe and moving.” "Manon" Metropolitan Opera, The New York Times
"It worked... especially with conductor Fabio Luisi giving the score a fleet, frothy energy..." "Manon" Metropolitan Opera, The Wall Street Journal
"Fabio Luisi, the Met’s principal guest conductor, led an exciting, insightful and assured performance. Mr. Luisi earned the deep respect of the Met players last spring when he stepped in for James Levine on short notice and conducted crackling accounts of Puccini’s “Tosca” and burnished, beautiful performances of Berg’s “Lulu.” The incisive and responsive playing “Das Rheingold” suggested that good chemistry continues between this conductor and the Met musicians. Mr. Luisi brought his own approach to the work. (He) went for a leaner, though still robust, sound. And rather than stepping in like some dynamo to show off and shake things up, he built excitement here not by pumping up the volume or opting for quick tempos, but by coaxing no-nonsense, vibrant and clean playing from the orchestra. Mr. Luisi came across as a musician in charge of a production happening in the moment, someone always aware of the instincts and needs of the performers, especially the singers." "Das Rheingold" Metropolitan Opera, The New York Times
A winner of Grammy and ECHO Klassik Awards, Fabio Luisi currently serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and Principal Conductor designate of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) beginning in 2017.
Luisi’s 2014-15 season at the Met includes new productions of Verdi’s Macbeth, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and a double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Both Macbeth and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci are part of this year’s Met Live in HD series. In his third season at the helm of . . . the Zurich Opera, Luisi premieres important new treatments of Martinu’s Juliette and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and conducts revivals of Bellini’s Norma and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. He also conducts the hotly anticipated new production by William Kentridge of Berg’s Lulu, making his debut at the Dutch National Opera. Luisi’s 2014-15 orchestral engagements include three programs with the Philharmonia Zurich, two appearances with the DNSO, and concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and Juilliard Orchestra.
His extensive discography includes the Grammy-winning release of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle recorded live at the Met, rare Verdi operas (Jérusalem, Alzira, and Aroldo), Salieri’s La locandiera, Bellini’s I puritani, a critically lauded recording of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and the symphonic repertoire of Honegger, Respighi, and Liszt. He recorded all the symphonies and the oratorio Das buch mit sieben siegeln by neglected Austrian composer Franz Schmidt; several works by Richard Strauss for Sony Classical; and an award-winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony.
Born in Genoa in 1959, Luisi began piano studies at the age of four and received his diploma from the Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in 1978. In 2014 he was awarded the Grifo d’Oro, the highest honor given by the city of Genoa, for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy.
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