Principal Conductor, Metropolitan Opera
General Music Director, Zurich Opera
Principal Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, 2017-2020
Manager: Tim Fox, Emily T. Yoon
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
Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. He launches a new appointment as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) in the 2017-18 season.
In 2015-16, the fifth season of his Met tenure, Luisi conducts David McVicar’s acclaimed Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, Richard Eyre’s new Manon Lescaut, and Le nozze di Figaro. In his fourth season at the helm of the Zurich Opera, he premieres new productions of Wozzeck and . . . I puritani, and leads Falstaff, Die Zauberflöte, and Tosca. He also tours with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, and returns to La Scala, the Opéra National de Paris, and the DNSO, Malaysian Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Teatro Regio di Torino, and Juilliard and Philadelphia Orchestras.
As former Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony, Luisi was honored with the orchestra’s Golden Bruckner Medal and Ring. Other previous appointments include General Music Director of Dresden’s Staatskapelle and Sächsische Staatsoper, Artistic Director of Leipzig Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chief Conductor of the Tonkünstler-Orchester in Vienna, and Artistic Director of the Graz Symphony.
Luisi received a Grammy Award for his leadership of the last two operas of Der Ring des Nibelungen, when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. His extensive discography also features operas by Verdi, Salieri, and Bellini; symphonies by Honegger, Respighi, and Liszt; works by Franz Schmidt and Richard Strauss; and an award-winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. In 2015, the Philharmonia Zurich launched its Philharmonia Records label with his recordings of Berlioz, Wagner, and Rigoletto.
A native of Genoa, Luisi was awarded the Grifo d’Oro for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy.
Fabio Luisi, Biography Critical Acclaim - Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Merry Widow, Metropolitan Opera 2015 Season Fabio Luisi Named Music Director Designate of Opera di Firenze/Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Vanity Fair "Fabio Luisi, Opera's Grand Maestro, Shows No Signs of Stopping" Critical Acclaim - Manon Lescaut, Metropolitan Opera 2016 Season