Oleg Caetani


Oleg Caetani has conducted various orchestras including Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Weimar, the Munich, Monte-Carlo, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Vienna, Sydney, Montreal, Bamberger, Tokyo Metropolitan, RAI National, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Mozarteum Salzburg, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Mariinsky Theatre, Spanish National, and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestras, and LaVerdi Orchestra Milan, with which he recorded Italy’s first complete cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies—a project that won several awards and is a worldwide reference in the composer’s discography.

Mr. Caetani has conducted Turandot and Verdi’s Otello at La Scala; Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Vaughan Williams’s Sir John in LoveMadama ButterflyLa bohème, and Tosca at the English National Opera; Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris; Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Houston Opera; The Magic Flute and Norma at San Francisco Opera; The Girl of the Golden West at Seattle Opera; Madama Butterfly in Berlin and Oslo; Tosca at the London Royal Opera House; Lady Macbeth of Mzensk in Oslo and Helsinki; Tosca and Turandot at the Mariinsky Theatre; and The Prisoner by Dallapiccola at the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg.

Forthcoming engagements include concerts with Staatskapelle Weimar, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, LaVerdi Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic.

After his talent was discovered and nurtured by Nadia Boulanger, Mr. Caetani studied at Rome’s Conservatory and at the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Conservatories where he got his conducting degree with Ilya Mussin. He was a winner of the RAI competition in Turin and of the Karajan Competition in Berlin.

Mr. Caetani has been music director of the Staatskapelle Weimar, first conductor of the Frankfurt Opera, music director of the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra, chief designate at the English National Opera in 2005 and music director and artistic director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2002–09). His recordings of Tansman Symphonies and Gounod Symphonies have all won the Diapason D’Or Award in France.

Oleg Caetani conducted The Orchestra Now on May 5, 2017.