Don Carlo and Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera

November 15th 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 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

September 6th 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 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

September 1st 2016

Untitled designFabio 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

August 5th 2016

Untitled design (27)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.

Find tickets and more information here and here.

World Premiere Production of Francesca da Rimini at Festival della Valle d’Itria

July 14th 2016

Untitled design (9)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.

During the festival, Fabio also conducts two semi-staged performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutti on July 21 and August 1, directed by Juliette Deschamps. Find more information here.

Closing Zurich Opera Season with New Staging of I Puritani and Revival of Tosca

June 17th 2016

Untitled design (8)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

May 13th 2016

360Fabio 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

May 2nd 2016

Untitled designFabio 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.

Get the recording and find more information here from Philharmonia Records.

Rachmaninov and Nielsen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

April 27th 2016

Untitled designMaking 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.

April with Zurich Opera and the Orchestra del Teatro Regio

April 8th 2016

Untitled design (8)Continuing his fourth season as General Music Director, Fabio Luisi returns to the Zurich Opera to lead five performances of Die Zauberflöte, a revival of Tatiana Gürbaca’s 2014 production. Mozart’s fairytale stars Swiss tenor Mauro Peter as Tamino, Sen Guo as the Queen of the Night, Ruben Drole as Papageno, and Mari Eriksmoe as Pamina. In the orchestra pit is Orchestra La Scintilla, a historical performance ensemble comprised of Zurich Opera Orchestra musicians. Find tickets to the April 9, 12, 15, 21 and 24 performances here. In June and July, Fabio concludes the 2015-16 Zurich Opera season with the opening of a new production of Bellini’s I Puritani and a revival run of Puccini’s Tosca.

During this time period, Fabio leads the Orchestra del Teatro Regio — the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino — for a single evening on April 23 featuring Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. The program also includes the Italian premiere of Luca Lombard’s flute concerto E with soloist Andrea Mano and Alfredo Casella’s Pupazzetti, Op. 27. Find tickets and more information here.