Representative: Elisa Patria
Territory: Europe with limited exceptions
Twice an ECHO Klassik Award-winner, and recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording with the Metropolitan Opera for 2013’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Fabio Luisi currently serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, Principal Conductor for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of Opera di Firenze and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He was Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera for six years starting in 2011. He will begin a new tenure as Music Director Designate at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Music Director Designate for the 19-20 season.
For the 19-20 season, Luisi will lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in their season opening with Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, and will lead the vanguard of Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s activities this season, including an Opera-in-Concert of Strauss’ Salome and programs featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. His season at Zurich Opera pays special homage to Verdi, and new productions of Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani and Strauss’ Arabella. Additionally, he will lead the Philharmonia Zurich in an orchestral arrangement of the music of Wagner’s Ring cycle, a collaboration with violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and a program of Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel. He will twice be a featured guest conductor at the Opéra National de Paris and will appear in Japan to conduct the NHK Symphony Orchestra in January.
As former Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony, Luisi was honored with the orchestra’s Golden Bruckner Medal and Ring. Other previous appointments include General Music Director of Dresden’s Staatskapelle and Sächsische Staatsoper, Artistic Director of Leipzig Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chief Conductor of the Tonkünstler-Orchester in Vienna, and Artistic Director of the Graz Symphony.
Luisi received a Grammy Award for his leadership of the last two operas of Der Ring des Nibelungen, and Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. His extensive discography also features operas by Verdi, Salieri, and Bellini; symphonies by Honegger, Respighi, and Liszt; works by Franz Schmidt and Richard Strauss; and an award-winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. In 2015, the Philharmonia Zurich inaugurated its Philharmonia Records label with his accounts of Berlioz, Wagner, and Rigoletto, to which they recently added his rare recording of the original version of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony.
A native of Genoa, Luisi was awarded the Grifo d’Oro for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy. Off the podium, he is a passionate perfume maker; sales from his one-person operation, flparfums.com, benefit the Luisi Academy for Music and Visual Arts.
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