Don Carlo and Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera • 15.11.2016

Untitled design (8)Now in his fifth season as General Music Director of Zurich Opera, Fabio Luisi returns to the house to lead a revival of Don Carlo. Rolf Glittenberg’s staging of Verdi’s five-act fable of political intrigue stars René Pape and Read more

Leading Don Giovanni and Guillaume Tell in Final Season as Metropolitan Opera Principal Conductor • 6.09.2016

Untitled design (1)For his sixth and final season as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, Fabio Luisi takes the podium for an all-star Don Giovanni as well as a new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, which returns to the house after … Read more


Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi is embarking on his sixth and final season as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and his fifth as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera (named Best Opera Company at the 2014 International Opera Awards). He has also been named the new Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO), beginning with the 2017-18 season; his debut with the orchestra in 2010 was pronounced “one of the most wonderful in the orchestra’s history” (Berlingske).

In the 2016-17 season, Luisi looks forward to conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony in the DNSO’s season-opening concerts, and will return to Copenhagen for Mahler’s Seventh and First Symphonies later in the season. The latter program also features beloved soprano Deborah Voigt in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and, following the Copenhagen performance, they will tour the program to five cities in California. Luisi returns to California later that spring for his debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor with Igor Levit and Strauss’ Aus Italien. At the Met Luisi takes the podium for Don Giovanni and for a new Pierre Audi production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, which returns to the house after an 80-year absence. At Zurich Opera he leads a new production of Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns, as well as revivals of Don Carlo, Un ballo in maschera and Lohengrin. He also leads Philharmonia Zurich in programs throughout the season, including nine performances of a lavish collaborative co-production of Verdi’s Requiem in December and January that features the Zurich Opera Chorus and the Zurich Ballet and Junior Ballet, with world-premiere choreography by Christian Spuck. He embarks on a tour of Germany with the orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in the spring.


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