Conducting masterclass and performance practice
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) this season.
Luisi led Mahler’s Ninth to launch 2016-17 at the DNSO, which he rejoins for more Mahler symphonies and Wagner with Deborah Voigt in Copenhagen and California. He returns to California to lead the San Francisco Philharmonic, and concludes his six-year tenure at the Met with Don Giovanni and a new production of Guillaume Tell. At the Zurich Opera, he takes the podium for a new staging of Das Land des Lächelns; revivals of Don Carlo, Un ballo in maschera and Lohengrin; and Philharmonia Zurich programs that include a German tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter and an interdisciplinary production of Verdi’s Requiem.
Rounding out the season are concert appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Filarmonica della Scala, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and Opera di Firenze, where he assumes the role of Music Director next spring.
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 inaugurated its Philharmonia Records label with his accounts of Berlioz, Wagner, and Rigoletto, to which they recently added his rare recording of the original version of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony.
A native of Genoa, Luisi was awarded the Grifo d’Oro for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy. Off the podium, he is a passionate perfume maker; sales from his one-person operation, flparfums.com, benefit the Luisi Academy for Music and Visual Arts.