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Fabio Luisi Journeys to Paris for Verdi’s Falstaff • 29.09.2017

55ef21c3680bb0cd990c290fe9f8f040This fall, Fabio Luisi conducts Verdi’s comic masterpiece with a cast of celebrated singers onstage. Bryn Terfel performs as Sir John Falstaff, Franco Vassallo takes the stage as Ford, Francesco Demuro plays Fenton, and Graham Clark sings as Dottore Cajus.… Read more

Fabio Luisi’s Saint Bonaventure Mass Receives Premieres, Honorary Doctorate Recognition • 5.09.2017

fl2012may175_fThis September, Fabio Luisi comes to New York for the premieres of his latest piece, the Saint Bonaventure Mass. The Mass, Luisi’s first large-scale composition, honors the 800th anniversary of the birth of Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio.

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Biography

Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO). After concluding a six-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera last season, he launches a new appointment as Music Director of Florence’s Opera di Firenze this coming spring.

Luisi opens his 2017-18 season conducting the DNSO in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, with performances of Nielsen’s Fifth, Henze’s Second Violin Concerto featuring Julia Fischer, Franz Schmidt’s oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, and Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies later in the season. He also acts as Jury Chairman for the DNSO’s Malko Competition for Young Conductors. Zurich and on a four-city tour of Spain. Luisi is also an accomplished composer whose Saint Bonaventure Mass receives its world premiere this fall at New York’s St. Bonaventure University, followed two days later by its New York City premiere in the MetLiveArts series, with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Chorus. At Zurich Opera, Luisi leads new productions of Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Verdi’s La forza del destino. Returning to the U.S. in the spring, he conducts two Beethoven piano concertos with soloists Yefim Bronfman and Lise de la Salle, respectively, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Dallas Symphony. Luisi’s season is rounded out with Falstaff at Opera de Paris; a new production of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini at La Scala; guest appearances with Beijing’s China NCPA Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic; and performances with Philharmonia Zurich featuring cellist Jan Vogler and pianist Hélène Grimaud.

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NEXT PERFORMANCES

October 26, 29; November 1, 4, 7, 10, 16, 2017

Verdi: Falstaff

Opéra National de Paris
Paris, France

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November 12, 2017

Dvořák: Cello Concerto; Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich, Switzerland

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December 14, 15, 2017

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1; Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

DR Koncerthuset
Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish National Symphony Orchestra Lasse Mauritzen, horn

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December 21, 2017

Schmidt: Revelation

DR Koncerthuset
Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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January 14, 2018

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich, Switzerland

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January 31; February 1, 2, 2018

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

Czech Philharmonic
Prague

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March 1 & 2, 2018

Wenjing: Rite of Mountains; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

DR Koncerthuset
Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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April 15, 18, 21, 26, 29, May 2, 6, 10 & 13, 2018

Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini

Teatro alla Scala
Milan, Italy

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April 20, 2018

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

DR Koncerthuset
Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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May 19, 25, 31; June 3, 2018

Puccini: Turandot

Opernhaus Zürich
Zurich, Switzerland

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May 27, 30, June 2, 7, 10, 13, 17, 20 & 28, 2018

La Forza del Destino

Opernhaus Zürich
Zurich, Switzerland

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June 10, 16, 19, 22, 26 & 29, 2018

Das Land des Lächelns

Opernhaus Zürich
Zurich, Switzerland

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Press

  • Conductor Fabio Luisi brings Danish National Symphony Orchestra to U.S.

    The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Michael James Rocha

    March 21, 2017

    There’s a five-letter word in conductor Fabio Luisi’s vocabulary that packs a lot of power: trust.

    “Being a conductor is a special thing,” Luisi said by phone from Zurich, Switzerland. … Read more

  • Danish National Symphony debuts at Segerstrom with Deborah Voigt

    Los Angeles Times

    Timothy Mangan

    April 2, 2017

    Luisi has a firm, incisive and vigorous conducting style, well suited, it turned out, for the busy expressive traffic of the Mahler. From the very start of the work, as the sounds … Read more

  • Fabio Luisi, the Danish National Orchestra and soprano Deborah Voigt collaborate in Davies Hall

    The Mercury News

    Georgia Rowe

    April 3, 2017

    Luisi, who also serves as general music director of the Zurich Opera, is a precise, energetic conductor, and he led his Danish players in vibrant, dynamic performances throughout the program. (Bay Area … Read more

  • Exploring the Senses With Conductor Fabio Luisi

    San Francisco Classical Voice

    Jeff Kaliss

    April 6, 2017

    During his acclaimed tenure with the Met, he won the 2013 Grammy for Best Opera Recording, for the company’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen. Then it got out that the Maestro … Read more

  • Conductor Fabio Luisi’s Passion for…Perfume?

    WRTI

    Susan Lewis

    February 22, 2016

    A leading contemporary conductor explores both music, and – in his free time – fragrances.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, Fabio Luisi sees many connections between music and perfume.Read more

  • Review: ‘Manon Lescaut’ Review: Love Versus Luxury

    Wall Street Journal

    Heidi Waleson

    February 16, 2016

    Fabio Luisi’s conducting combined sensitivity and attention to detail with Puccinian melodic sweep and fervor, making up for the missed opportunities on stage.
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  • Review: Met’s New Manon: The Tenor Delivers, the Director Does Not

    Musical America

    John Yohalem

    February 15, 2016

    Manon Lescaut, Puccini’s third opera and first hit, is winsome, witty, effervescent with melody, with youthful hope and youthful tragedy. When played and paced as lusciously and racily as it was under Fabio … Read more

  • Review: Great performances vie with sophomoric staging in Met’s “Manon Lescaut”

    The Classical Review

    Eric Simpson

    February 15, 2016

    The true star of the evening, musically speaking, was the orchestra, under the superb direction of Fabio Luisi. This was the among the fiercest, most vigorous conducting that he has given at … Read more

  • Review: Manon Lescaut, Metropolitan Opera, New York – ‘Passion and Poetry’

    Financial Times

    Martin Bernheimer

    February 15, 2016

    Fabio Luisi…. balanced passion and poetry sensitively in the pit.… Read more

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