Fabio Luisi is general music director of the Zurich Opera, chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and music director designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He was recently named the new music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and begins his tenure as music director designate in the 2019–20 season, becoming the orchestra’s full-time music director in the 2020–21 season. He was principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 2011 to 2017. Prior to this he served as chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, general music director of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Saxon State Opera, music director and principal conductor of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, and music director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna.
Mr. Luisi is also music director of the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca (Apulia, Italy), and he is guest conductor of several major ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, NHK Tokyo, Munich Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Saito Kinen Orchestra, and in all major opera houses worldwide.
Mr. Luisi’s CD recordings to date include operas such as Verdi’s Aroldo, Alzira, and Jérusalem, Bellini’s I Puritani and I Capuleti e i Montecchi, all of Robert Schumann’s and Arthur Honegger’s symphonies, and the symphonies and the oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln by the largely forgotten Austrian composer Franz Schmidt. He has also recorded various symphonic poems by Richard Strauss and an acclaimed performance of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony together with the Staatskapelle Dresden. His recordings of Wagner’s Siegfried and Götterdämmerung with the Met Orchestra earned him a Grammy; in 2013 he won Italy’s coveted “Premio Franco Abbiati” critics’ award; and in 2014 he was awarded the “Grifo d’Oro” by the City of Genoa.
Fabio Luisi conducted The Orchestra Now on March 26, 2019 and May 28, 2017.
Bio: July 2018