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. “You cannot practice at home. You can only practice when you’re with an orchestra. And one of the most important things you can do when you’re with an orchestra is this: You have to trust — trust that you’re working with excellent musicians whose goal is to do their best.”

Luisi will put a lot of trust in his fellow musicians on March 30 when he and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra come to San Diego as part of a five-city American tour that begins in Santa Barbara on March 28 and ends in San Francisco on April 3. Luisi, the Metropolitan Opera’s principal conductor and Zurich Opera’s general music director, is the newly named principal conductor of the 92-year-old Danish National Symphony Orchestra, which is based out of Copenhagen Concert Hall.