Fabio Luisi’s Saint Bonaventure Mass Receives Premieres, Honorary Doctorate Recognition

September 5th 2017

fl2012may175_fThis September, Fabio Luisi comes to New York for the premieres of his latest piece, the Saint Bonaventure Mass. The Mass, Luisi’s first large-scale composition, honors the 800th anniversary of the birth of Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio.

The world premiere takes place on September 17 at St. Bonaventure University in western New York, where Luisi is to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at an academic convocation ceremony “in recognition of his extraordinary gift of composing a Mass celebrating St. Bonaventure’s 800th birthday.”

Two days later, Luisi’s mass comes to the Met Cloisters for the New York City premiere. Catherine Matejka conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & Chamber Ensemble for both occasions.

Fall 2017: Fabio Luisi in Europe, the U.S., and Asia

August 22nd 2017

website portrait twoFabio Luisi joins the DR SymphoniOrkestret this fall to open the 2017-2018 season with Mahler’s Eighth Symphony on August 31 & September 1. Soon after, Luisi leads the DRSO to present Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony on September 7 & 8, joined by violinist Julia Fischer for Henze’s Il vitalino raddoppiato.

Luisi then makes his way to the U.S. for the New York premiere of his Saint Bonaventure Mass at the Cloisters’ MetLiveArts. For this occasion on September 19, he joins forces with the Chamber Ensemble of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.

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Fabio Luisi Conducts Lohengrin in Zürich

July 1st 2017

fl-lohengrinrittershaus1Fabio Luisi returns to the Opernhaus Zurich podium to present Wagner’s Lohengrin, following his June engagements of Un ballo in maschera and Das Land des Lächelns.

The Andreas Homoki production of Wagner’s medieval romance hears Brandon Jovanovich in the title role, Christof Fischesser as Heinrich der Vogler, Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Elsa von Brabant, and Martin Gantner as Friedrich von Telramund. Lohengrin opens on July 4 and runs for four performances through July 16.

Enjoy Fabio’s recording of the prelude to Lohengrin recorded with the Philharmonia Zürich, available to stream on Spotify.

Photo: Monika Rittershaus

 

Fabio Luisi welcomes summer in Zurich

June 1st 2017

Untitled design (8)This month, Fabio Luisi leads two productions at Zurich Opera, opening Un ballo in maschera and Das Land des Lächelns.

Un ballo in maschera, an operatic interpretation of the assassination of the Swedish King Gustav III, opens on June 7. David Pountney’s production of Verdi’s melodrama stars Otar Jorjikia and Marcelo Alvarez as Gustavo III, George Petean as Renato Anckarstroem, and Sondra Radvanovsky and Hui He alternating the role of Amelia. Un ballo in maschera opens on June 7 and runs through June 24.

Fabio returns to the podium on June 18 for Léhar’s operetta Das Land des Lächelns, which features performances by Piotr Beczala, Julia Kleiter, Rebeca Olvera, and Spencer Lang.

Fabio Luisi featured on “Articulate” with Jim Cotter

May 11th 2017

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Explore the worlds of opera and perfume with Fabio Luisi on WHYY’s “Articulate.” Hosted by Jim Cotter, “Articulate” will air this week on local PBS stations around the country.

Enjoy a clip of “Scents and Sensibility”  and see Fabio at home both in his perfume workshop and on the podium. Find your station here.

Luisi leads DNSO on first U.S. Tour

March 15th 2017

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Marking their first U.S. performances together, this spring Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi tours five California cities with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO), where he launched his tenure as Principal Conductor this season. At concerts in Santa Barbara (March 28), Palm Desert (March 29), San Diego (March 30), Costa Mesa (March 31), and San Francisco (April 2 & 3), he and the orchestra will perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with star soprano Deborah Voigt, whom Luisi conducted as Brünnhilde in Robert LePage’s 2011 “Ring” cycle at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, long a DNSO staple, will also be featured: the Helios Overture, and, exclusively in San Francisco, the Symphony No. 6. At the first four concerts, the program will be completed by the spring-infused First Symphony by Mahler, whose Ninth Symphony Luisi conducted at the DNSO’s season-opening concerts last fall; in San Francisco, he will instead lead music by Beethoven – the “Eroica” Symphony and Violin Concerto, with Arabella Steinbacher as soloist – and Richard Strauss. Shortly after the tour, Luisi returns to California to conduct the San Francisco Symphony (April 27–29) before bringing his U.S. spring season to a close on the East Coast, where he looks forward to leading The Orchestra Now (TŌN) at Bard College (May 28).

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Don Carlo and Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera

November 15th 2016

Untitled design (8)Now in his fifth season as General Music Director of Zurich Opera, Fabio Luisi returns to the house to lead a revival of Don Carlo. Rolf Glittenberg’s staging of Verdi’s five-act fable of political intrigue stars René Pape and Ramón Vargas and opens November 27 with repeat performances on December 1, 4, 7, and 10.

In concert this season, Fabio leads the Philharmonia Zurich in a lavish collaborative co-production of Verdi’s Requiem, joined by the Zurich Opera Chorus and the Zurich Ballet and Junior Ballet, with world-premiere choreography by Christian Spuck. Ten performances of the Requiem take place between December 3 and January 13. In the midst of these concerts, Fabio also conducts the orchestra alone on December 18 in a program of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” and Martin’s Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke with alto soloist Okka von der Damerau.

 

Leading Don Giovanni and Guillaume Tell in Final Season as Metropolitan Opera Principal Conductor

September 6th 2016

Untitled design (1)For his sixth and final season as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, Fabio Luisi takes the podium for an all-star Don Giovanni as well as a new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, which returns to the house after an 80-year absence.

In 2010, when Fabio stepped in to lead Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera, Time Out New York called the performance “an inspired and ravishing account,” and the New York Times concluded that “the Met chose wisely in appointing Fabio Luisi its new principal guest conductor.” The press has been no less favorable in the intervening years: reviewing the new Richard Eyre staging of Manon Lescaut last season, the Huffington Post particularly praised the music, “which the magnificent Met Orchestra renders so beautifully under Fabio Luisi’s brilliant baton.” 

Now, Fabio splits conducting duties with Plácido Domingo for a star-studded Don Giovanni starring Simon Keenlyside and Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role alongside Nadine Sierra, Ramón Vargas, and Rolando Villazón. See Fabio conduct Don Giovanni on September 27, October 1, 5, 8, 11, 15, 19, and 22 and November 1, 4, and 10. Fabio then leads Rossini’s final masterpiece Guillaume Tell in a new staging by Pierre Audi, starring baritone Gerald Finley in his signature role as the revolutionary on a quest for freedom as well as Marina Rebeka and Bryan Hymel. See Guillaume Tell at the Metropolitan Opera October 18, 21, 25, and 29, as well as November 2, 5, 9, and 12.

Opening 2016-17 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

September 1st 2016

Untitled designFabio Luisi opens the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season — along with his own — leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on two evenings at Copenhagen’s Konserthuset. Fabio will become the new Principal Conductor of the orchestra beginning in the 2017-18 season, and will also return in the new year for Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 7 and 1, “Titan”, collaborations with soloists Leonidas Kavakos and Deborah Voigt, and a Californian tour.

Find tickets and more information here for Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2. Stream the September 1 performance live here beginning at 1:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CET.

Leading the Saito Kinen Orchestra at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival

August 5th 2016

Untitled design (27)Fabio Luisi makes his return  to the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, the annual summer festival held in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan under the direction of the renowned conductor, for four performances with the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He shares a concert program with Ozawa on Thursday, August 18 and Monday, August 22, leading Honegger’s Symphony No. 3 “Liturgique” alongside a performance of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 under Ozawa. On Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21, Fabio takes the helm for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ”Resurrection” with soloists Rie Miyake and Christine Goerke as well as the OMF Chorus and the Tokyo Opera Singers.

Find tickets and more information here and here.