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Fabio Luisi Returns to Cleveland Orchestra March 12 – 14 • 4.03.2015

Following his winter productions at Zurich Opera, Fabio returns to the States to conduct three performances with the Cleveland Orchestra. Fabio leads the orchestra in Luca Francesconi’s Colbalt, Scarlet: Two Colors of Dawn and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony on March 13, … Read more

Fabio Luisi graduates from the famous Aromahead Institute as a certified Aromatherapist • 4.02.2015

Congratulations are in order as Fabio has just graduated from the prestigious Aromahead Institute, led by Andrea Butje. He is now a certified Aromatherapist. Following his passion for perfumes, especially all natural perfumes, Fabio has deepened his knowledge … Read more

Biography

A winner of Grammy and ECHO Klassik Awards, Fabio Luisi currently serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and Principal Conductor designate of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) beginning in 2017.

Luisi’s 2014-15 season at the Met includes new productions of Verdi’s Macbeth, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and a double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Both Macbeth and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci are part of this year’s Met Live in HD series. In his third season at the helm of the Zurich Opera, Luisi premieres important new treatments of Martinu’s Juliette and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and conducts revivals of Bellini’s Norma and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. He also conducts the hotly anticipated new production by William Kentridge of Berg’s Lulu, making his debut at the Dutch National Opera. Luisi’s 2014-15 orchestral engagements include three programs with the Philharmonia Zurich, two appearances with the DNSO, and concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and Juilliard Orchestra.

His extensive discography includes the Grammy-winning release of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle recorded live at the Met, rare Verdi operas (Jérusalem, Alzira, and Aroldo), Salieri’s La locandiera, Bellini’s I puritani, a critically lauded recording of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and the symphonic repertoire of Honegger, Respighi, and Liszt. He recorded all the symphonies and the oratorio Das buch mit sieben siegeln by neglected Austrian composer Franz Schmidt; several works by Richard Strauss for Sony Classical; and an award-winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony.

Born in Genoa in 1959, Luisi began piano studies at the age of four and received his diploma from the Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in 1978. In 2014 he was awarded the Grifo d’Oro, the highest honor given by the city of Genoa, for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy.

 

 

Recordings

NEXT PERFORMANCES

March 12 & 14

Francesconi : Cobalt, Scarlet: Two Colors of Dawn Liszt : Piano Concerto No. 2 Beethoven : Symphony No. 7

Severence Hall
Cleveland, OH

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

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March 13

Francesconi : Cobalt, Scarlet: Two Colors of Dawn Beethoven : Symphony No. 7

Severence Hall
Cleveland, OH

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March 22

National Council Grand Finals Concert

Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY

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Press

  • Notes Composed for the Nose

    New York Times
    Kathryn Shattuck
    March 5, 2014

    The city was blanketed in winter, but in a kitchen with a bird’s-eye view of Central Park, Fabio Luisi was conjuring up spring.

    Like a modern-day alchemist, he counted drops of essential … Read more

  • Fabio Luisi answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Conductors’ Edition

    Gramiliano
    Graham Spicer
    November 7, 2013

    Q&A

    When did you start play­ing an instru­ment?
    When I was three and a half years old.

    Why did you start play­ing?
    My par­ents sent me to piano les­sons, for me it was more … Read more

  • Who will sing Aida?

    Economist
    E.B.
    October 21, 2013

    Eight years ago, Nicky Spence was a famous tenor in the making, with several discs under his belt and a busy performance schedule that included singing “Nessun Dorma”, an aria from the final act of … Read more

  • Fabios fabelagtige finesser

    Berlingske
    Søren Schauser
    August 16, 2013

    Hvis man ikke har sikret sig en plads lørdag eftermiddag, kan det kun gå for langsomt.

    Fabio Luisis visit hos DR SymfoniOrkestret er et af de vidunderligste i gruppens historie. Et elskovsmøde mellem dirigent, … Read more

  • Richard Strauss- Der Rosenkavalier, Opernhaus Zürich, 2013

    Opera Journal
    Keris Nine
    July 13, 2013

    I’m not sure that Sven Eric-Bechtolf’s direction or Marianne and Rolf Glittenberg’s set design for Zurich’s Der Rosenkavalier really play to the strengths of the work.  It’s not so much that it’s taken … Read more

  • Dalayman’s rapturous Immolation caps `Ring’

    Associated Press
    Mike Silverman
    May 3, 2013

    Magnificent playing by the orchestra, inspired conducting by Fabio Luisi and a rapturous performance of the “Immolation Scene” by Katarina Dalayman brought the Metropolitan Opera’s latest “Ring” cycle to a thrilling conclusion.

    “Goetterdaemmerung,” … Read more

  • Fabio Luisi

    La Repubblica
    Frederico Rampini
    April 28, 2013

    Esiste un direttore d’ orchestra che non ha un ego smisurato,e io l’ ho incontrato. Fabio Luisi, genovese di cinquantaquattro anni, occupa un posto di raro prestigio. È di fatto il direttore principale … Read more

  • Met Opera’s Ring Cycle Takes A Turn For The Better With Siegfried

    Forbes
    Ayano Hodouchi
    April 27, 2013

    The third work of Wagner’s cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen (the Ring of Nibelung), returned to the Metropolitan Opera’s stage for its season premiere last Saturday. Soprano Deborah Voigt and tenor Jay Hunter … Read more

  • ‘Gotterdammerung:’ A Sublime Celebration Of Richard Wagner’s Bicentennial

    Latinos Post
    David Salazar
    April 25, 2013

    Few artistic experiences are as fulfilling as concluding an experience of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle,” especially when it is delivered with such gravitas as the Metropolitan Opera’s current revival. On Tuesday, March 23, … Read more