Fabio Luisi’s a busy man. The 2013-2014 season finds him conducting operas at Zurich, the Met and La Scala, as well as giving countless concerts throughout the world. In his second season as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, Luisi premieres new productions of Fidelio and Aida, with revivals of La straniera, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Don Carlo with René … [Read more...] about Get on your running shoes to catch up with Fabio Luisi
Natalie Dessay was forced to cancel, even mid-performance, performances of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera last month, where she was replaced by soprano Hei-Kyung Hong. The conductor was Fabio Luisi, the Italian maestro heavily tipped to take over from the ailing James Levine. Now at Milan's Teatro alla Scala she has withdrawn from performances of Manon which she was … [Read more...] about Natalie Dessay pulls out of next month’s Manon performances at La Scala “for health reasons” – Netrebko takes over
Barbara Luisi was, no is, a violinist, but her passion for photography has taken over and her hobby has become her major activity. Though she begun studying the violin at 9 in her home town, Munich, she also started photography at a relatively young age, experimenting with her first Leica at 17. Luisi worked with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre du … [Read more...] about Behind every great woman is a great man: the man being conductor Fabio Luisi and the woman his photographer wife Barbara
No one will be surprised, but James Levine, still recovering from a spinal injury, has now written a statement explaining his physical condition, and explaining his decision to pull out of conducting engagements at the Metropolitan Opera until the end of the 2012-13 season. Here is Levine's statement: Early last summer I had to undergo three back surgeries to address a … [Read more...] about James Levine’s statement on his decision to withdraw from the Met until after the 2012-13 season
The end of an era: James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera's musical director and principal conductor, has cancelled his fall performances. According to the Met's press release, Levine suffered a fall last week that damaged a vertebrae and underwent emergency surgery on Thursday in New York. Levine was to begin rehearsals with the orchestra today. The accident occurred while … [Read more...] about James Levine cancels his next performances at the Met
Fabio Luisi is moving to New York. He and his wife, Barbara Luisi, a former violinist and now a photographer, and their 13-year-old son are moving to New York in May, to an apartment on West 96th Street. Luisi has reduced his schedule at the Vienna Symphony and declined to extend his contract as chief conductor past the 2012-13 season. “The orchestra needs someone new, … [Read more...] about Fabio Luisi’s moving house – but will Jimmy Levine be moving out?
Last night Daniele Rustioni conducted Aida at Covent Garden. At 28 he is certainly young, but as assistant to the house musical director Antonio Pappano he was an obvious and pleasing choise to replace the escaping Fabio Luisi. Luisi, who's eyeing James Levine's job at the Met, dashed off to replace him, breaking his Royal Opera House contract in doing so. As The Arts Desk … [Read more...] about Fabio Luisi chasing James Levine’s job leaves an opening for the young Daniele Rustioni