Celebrating Nielsen at the BBC Proms with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra • 12.08.2015

Fabio returns to the BBC Proms on August 20 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, leading a program of works by Carl Nielsen in celebration of the Danish composer’s 150th birthday.

The evening includes Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Read more


Fabio Luisi and Lise de la Salle credit: Monika Rittershaus

Fabio Luisi and Lise de la Salle
credit: Monika Rittershaus

Hours after the final performance in the successful run of I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Zurich Opera on July 12, Fabio is back at the podium for the last … Read more


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.




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  • REVIEW: Met’s second-cast “Merry Widow” by no means second best

    New York Classical Review

    George Grella

    April 25, 2015

    The word “grand” gets tossed around so much in regards to opera, and with such subjectivity,  that the concept of sheer entertainment often gets obscured. But an enormous segment of the … Read more

  • Review: At Met Opera, ‘Pagliacci’ Goes Vaudeville as ‘Cavalleria’ Turns

    The New York Times 

    Anthony Tommasini

    April 15, 2015

    Someone at the Metropolitan Opera should persuade the director David McVicar to turn off the rotating platform that mars his new production of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana.” Over all, Mr. McVicar’s bleak, … Read more

  • 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

    Graham Spicer
    November 7, 2013


    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?

    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

    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