Fabio Luisi currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and General Music Director of the Zurich Opera. He recently concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony, where he was honored with the orchestra’s Golden Bruckner Medal and Golden Bruckner Ring.
During the 2013–14 season at the Met, he conducts Madama Butterfly and La Cenerentola (which will be transmitted live to movie theaters as part of The Met: Live in HD series). At the Zurich Opera he leads new productions of Fidelio and Aida, as well as revivals of La Straniera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Don Carlo. The latter work he also conducts at La Scala. In concert he leads five orchestral programs with the Philharmonia Zurich, makes his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Last season at the Zurich Opera Maestro Luisi conducted a season-opening production of Jenůfa before returning to the Met for a new staging of Un Ballo in Maschera, revivals of Les Troyens and Aida, and Wagner’s Ring cycle. He also conducted Don Carlo at La Scala, Tosca, La Bohème, Rigoletto, La Straniera, and Der Rosenkavalier in Zurich, as well as the MET Orchestra and pianist Yefim Bronfman at Carnegie Hall, and led multiple programs with the Vienna Symphony.
In September 2011 he began his inaugural season as Principal Conductor of the Met, over the course of which he led new productions of Don Giovanni, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, and Manon, as well as several other operas (including six different productions in a single month, an almost unprecedented feat). That season he also made his debuts at La Scala with Manon and with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala.
Maestro Luisi’s previous appointments include serving as artistic director of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan (2008–12); general music director of the Dresden Staatskapelle and Sächsische Staatsoper (2007–10); artistic director of Leipzig’s MDR Symphony Orchestra (1999–2007); music director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1997–2002); chief conductor of Vienna’s Tonkünstlerorchester (1995–2000); and artistic director of the Graz Symphony (1990–96). He maintains an active schedule of guest engagements with international orchestras and opera companies, and has appeared with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London’s Philharmonia, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among others. He is also a frequent guest at the Vienna Staatsoper, Bavarian Staatsoper, and Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae in 2002 and returned the following season for the same composer’s Die Ägyptische Helena.
Fabio Luisi received his first Grammy Award in March 2013 for conducting the last two operas of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the full cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012.
Born in Genoa in 1959, Maestro Luisi began piano studies at the age of four and received his diploma from his hometown’s Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in 1978. He later attended conducting studies with Milan Horvat at the Conservatory in Graz.