Fabio Luisi serves as general music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. He also serves as principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) since 2016, launching their 2016–17 season with Mahler’s Ninth and continuing with more Mahler symphonies, works by Wagner, and performances with soprano Deborah Voigt in Copenhagen and California.
Mr. Luisi concludes his six-year tenure at the Met with Don Giovanni and a new production of Guillaume Tell. In June, he will take the podium for a new staging of Das Land des Lächelns, in addition to many other operatic productions with the Zurich Opera, as well as Philharmonia Zurich programs that include a German tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter and an interdisciplinary production of Verdi’s Requiem. At the end of the season, he will conduct the Opera di Firenze, where he assumes the role of music director next spring.
As former chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony, Mr. Luisi was honored with the orchestra’s Golden Bruckner Medal and Ring. He also received a Grammy Award for his leadership of the last two operas of Der Ring des Nibelungen, when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. 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, Mr. 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, and all profits from his perfume sales go toward the Luisi Academy for Music and Visual Arts.
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Fabio Luisi conducted The Orchestra Now on May 28, 2017.