Fabio Luisi won’t  renew his contract with the Met

Fabio Luisi won’t renew his contract with the Met


norman lebrecht

September 04, 2014

He told the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende that he will end his New York contract in 2017 when he takes over full time with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Luisi is also music director at Zurich Opera.

His arrival in New York saved the Met’s Ring after James Levine was taken sick, but Levine’s return sidelined Luisi and Peter Gelb did little to ease a delicate situation.

Danish text follows.


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Kommende chef i DR stopper på The Met Berlingske | 04.09.2014 | Side 25 <l>
Fabio Luisi forlænger ikke sin kontrakt som dirigent på Manhattans verdenskendte opera. Han meddelte sin beslutning i et interview til Berlingske tirsdag eftermiddag.
Den italienske dirigent blev i mandags udnævnt til chefdirigent for DRs symfoniorkester – som efterfølger for den nyligt afdøde Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Luisi har haft to andre lederjob de seneste år: Dels som chef for operaen i Zürich, dels som førstedirigent på den verdenskendte Metropolitan Opera i New York. Men når han tiltræder den danske post i 2017, vil han afslutte sin kontrakt med operahuset på Manhattan. Verdensnavnet har formentlig ikke fået så mange opgaver i New York som ønsket. Læs hele interviewet i Berlingske på lørdag. schauser.


  • Nick says:

    Probably the most obvious item of news to break since his appointment to the DNSO. With Levine back for six operas this season, still only 71 and with seemingly little conducting activity elsewhere in his diary, I guess speculation on a successor at the Met will now die down. Unfortunately I assume also that the suggestion of an Artistic Director to work alongside Gelb and Levine will also disappear – for the time being!

    • Edgar Brenninkmeyer says:

      Dear Nick, I share with you the same sentiment. The Met must have an Artistic Director, a Music Director, and a Music Director Emeritissimus et Laureatissimus (Jimmy). Otherwise, I am afraid it’s going to be the same old, same old, and, in the end, stale, boring and irrelevant

  • Milka says:

    Now he will be able to bore the Danes full time……

  • Mark says:

    Exactly – an impeccably accurate & fundamentally boring musician