Marking their first U.S. performances together, this spring Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi tours five California cities with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO), where he launched his tenure as Principal Conductor this season. At concerts in Santa Barbara (March 28), Palm Desert (March 29), San Diego (March 30), Costa Mesa (March 31), and San Francisco (April 2 & 3), he and the orchestra will perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with star soprano Deborah Voigt, whom Luisi conducted as Brünnhilde in Robert LePage’s 2011 “Ring” cycle at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, long a DNSO staple, will also be featured: the Helios Overture, and, exclusively in San Francisco, the Symphony No. 6. At the first four concerts, the program will be completed by the spring-infused First Symphony by Mahler, whose Ninth Symphony Luisi conducted at the DNSO’s season-opening concerts last fall; in San Francisco, he will instead lead music by Beethoven – the “Eroica” Symphony and Violin Concerto, with Arabella Steinbacher as soloist – and Richard Strauss. Shortly after the tour, Luisi returns to California to conduct the San Francisco Symphony (April 27–29) before bringing his U.S. spring season to a close on the East Coast, where he looks forward to leading The Orchestra Now (TŌN) at Bard College (May 28).
Luisi leads DNSO on first U.S. Tour
Don Carlo and Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera
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 Ramón Vargas and opens November 27 with repeat performances on December 1, 4, 7, and 10.
In concert this season, Fabio leads the Philharmonia Zurich in a lavish collaborative co-production of Verdi’s Requiem, joined by the Zurich Opera Chorus and the Zurich Ballet and Junior Ballet, with world-premiere choreography by Christian Spuck. Ten performances of the Requiem take place between December 3 and January 13. In the midst of these concerts, Fabio also conducts the orchestra alone on December 18 in a program of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” and Martin’s Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke with alto soloist Okka von der Damerau.
Leading Don Giovanni and Guillaume Tell in Final Season as Metropolitan Opera Principal Conductor
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 an 80-year absence.
In 2010, when Fabio stepped in to lead Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera, Time Out New York called the performance “an inspired and ravishing account,” and the New York Times concluded that “the Met chose wisely in appointing Fabio Luisi its new principal guest conductor.” The press has been no less favorable in the intervening years: reviewing the new Richard Eyre staging of Manon Lescaut last season, the Huffington Post particularly praised the music, “which the magnificent Met Orchestra renders so beautifully under Fabio Luisi’s brilliant baton.”
Now, Fabio splits conducting duties with Plácido Domingo for a star-studded Don Giovanni starring Simon Keenlyside and Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role alongside Nadine Sierra, Ramón Vargas, and Rolando Villazón. See Fabio conduct Don Giovanni on September 27, October 1, 5, 8, 11, 15, 19, and 22 and November 1, 4, and 10. Fabio then leads Rossini’s final masterpiece Guillaume Tell in a new staging by Pierre Audi, starring baritone Gerald Finley in his signature role as the revolutionary on a quest for freedom as well as Marina Rebeka and Bryan Hymel. See Guillaume Tell at the Metropolitan Opera October 18, 21, 25, and 29, as well as November 2, 5, 9, and 12.
Opening 2016-17 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Luisi opens the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season — along with his own — leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on two evenings at Copenhagen’s Konserthuset. Fabio will become the new Principal Conductor of the orchestra beginning in the 2017-18 season, and will also return in the new year for Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 7 and 1, “Titan”, collaborations with soloists Leonidas Kavakos and Deborah Voigt, and a Californian tour.
Find tickets and more information here for Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2. Stream the September 1 performance live here beginning at 1:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CET.
Leading the Saito Kinen Orchestra at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival
Fabio Luisi makes his return to the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, the annual summer festival held in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan under the direction of the renowned conductor, for four performances with the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He shares a concert program with Ozawa on Thursday, August 18 and Monday, August 22, leading Honegger’s Symphony No. 3 “Liturgique” alongside a performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 under Ozawa. On Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21, Fabio takes the helm for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ”Resurrection” with soloists Rie Miyake and Christine Goerke as well as the OMF Chorus and the Tokyo Opera Singers.
World Premiere Production of Francesca da Rimini at Festival della Valle d’Itria
Making his return to the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Italy for his second summer season as Music Director, Fabio Luisi helms a world premiere production of Verdi predecessor Saverio Mercadante’s newly rediscovered opera Francesca da Rimini, commissioned by the King of Spain in 1831 but never performed. Staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi, the production will be, in Fabio’s words, “one of the most exciting and interesting projects of recent years, an opera by a major Italian composer of the romantic age, which has never been performed! Stay tuned and come to Martina Franca for this amazing discovery!” Find more information about Francesca da Rimini here, which opens on July 30 with additional performances on August 2 and 4.
Closing Zurich Opera Season with New Staging of I Puritani and Revival of Tosca
On the heels of leading a new production of Aribert Riemann’s Lear at the Opéra de Paris, Fabio Luisi returns to the Zurich Opera to open another new staging: Bellini’s bel canto classic I Puritani, directed by Zurich Opera General Manager Andreas Homoki, with whom Fabio has been described as “almost a ‘dream team’” (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen). Lawrence Brownlee and Pretty Yende star in the performances, which take place on June 19, 22, 25, and 29 and July 3, 7, and 10. Find tickets and more information here.
To close his fourth season as General Music Director of the opera house, Fabio takes the podium for five performances of Puccini’s Tosca, on June 24 and 28 as well as July 2, 6, and 9, in a revival of Robert Carsen’s production starring Catherine Naglestad. Find tickets and more information here.
New Production of Reimann’s Lear at Opéra de Paris
Fabio Luisi takes the Opéra de Paris podium on May 20 for a new staging of Aribert Reimann’s opera Lear by radical Spanish director Calixto Bieito, starring Bo Skovhus in the title role. Fabio characterizes Aribert’s treatment as “a deep, dark interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy” and “a major opera masterwork of the last fifty years in a production with superb singers and a great director.” Based on Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear and originally written specifically for the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, this will be the neglected opera’s first return to this opera house since its French premiere in 1982. Repeat performances take place on May 23, 26, and 29 plus June 1, 6, 9, and 12 at the Palais Garnier. Find tickets and more information here.
During the same time period, Fabio also leads a production of Strauss’s Salome at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, starring Lise Lindstrom in the title role. Salome opens on May 21, with repeat performances on May 22, 25, and 28. Find tickets and more information about this production here.
Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 Out on Philharmonia Records
Fabio Luisi leads the Philharmonia Zürich in a new studio recording of Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8, out today under the auspices of Philharmonia Records. The release features the original, unrevised 1887 version of the work and marks the fifth release by Philharmonia Records, which was launched in January 2015 under Fabio’s oversight as General Music Director of Opernhaus Zürich.
Rachmaninov and Nielsen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Making his return to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra on May 8, Fabio Luisi reunites with French pianist Lise de la Salle for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 5, a work that the duo recently released on Philharmonia Records. “Under Fabio Luisi’s direction, the Philharmonia Zurich rarely imposes itself, but rather, as a musical partner, actively internalizes the soloist’s design,” the Neue Zürcher Zeitung commented on the close musical rapport between conductor and soloist after one of their Rachmaninov performances. Find more information here about the recording here, which is part of a complete Rachmaninov cycle captured live in concert with the Philharmonia Zurich.
Fabio — who will assume the role of Principal Conductor next season at the Danish National Symphony Orchestra — brings a finale to the ensemble’s celebration of Carl Nielsen’s 150th birthday with the Danish composer’s Symphony No. 6. Find more information and tickets here to this event at Copenhagen’s Koncerthuset.