Fabio Luisi Named Music Director Designate of Opera di Firenze/Maggio Musicale Fiorentino • 28.01.2016

Untitled design -2- 2Fabio Luisi has been named Music Director Designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in his native Italy. This announcement comes at a milestone moment for the company, which is now under new management and embarking on a bold new era of … Read more

Opening New Production of Manon Lescaut at Metropolitan Opera • 26.01.2016

2015_01_MANON_LESCAUT_02_078BW-X2Fabio Luisi takes the podium for all nine performances of Sir Richard Eyre’s hotly anticipated new production of Manon Lescaut at the Metropolitan Opera, opening on February 12 with a special opening-night gala. Finding that it is women who inspire … Read more


Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. He launches a new appointment as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) in the 2017-18 season.

In 2015-16, the fifth season of his Met tenure, Luisi conducts David McVicar’s acclaimed Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, Richard Eyre’s new Manon Lescaut, and Le nozze di Figaro. In his fourth season at the helm of the Zurich Opera, he premieres new productions of Wozzeck and I puritani, and leads Falstaff, Die Zauberflöte, and Tosca. He also tours with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, and returns to La Scala, the Opéra National de Paris, and the DNSO, Malaysian Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Teatro Regio di Torino, and Juilliard and Philadelphia Orchestras.

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.


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January 21, 25, 28, February 2, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 23, 26

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci

Metropolitan Opera
New York City

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February 12, 15, 18, 24, 27, March 1, 5, 8, 11

Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Metropolitan Opera
New York City

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