Fabio Luisi

Fabio Luisi

Principal Conductor, Metropolitan Opera
General Music Director, Zurich Opera
Principal Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, 2017-2020


“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, March 2012

"It worked... especially with conductor Fabio Luisi giving the score a fleet, frothy energy..." —"Manon" Metropolitan Opera, The Wall Street Journal, March 2012

"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, April 2011


The preeminent Italian conductor Fabio Luisi currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony. In addition to his already impressive resume, Luisi takes up an additional new position, as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, in September 2012.

The 2012-13 season sees Luisi launch his tenure in the new appointment, leading the Zurich Opera’s new, season-opening production of Janácek’s Jenufa, before returning to the Metropolitan Opera to conduct David Alden’s new staging of Un ballo in maschera with Dmitri Hvorostovsky . . .

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