Maestro move: Florence names new man

Fabio Luisi is now officially music director designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, succeeding Zubin Mehta in 2108… oops, 2018. He will conduct three operas and several concerts a year.

The company has undergone a management and financial overhaul. Franceso Bianchi is the intendant.

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Fabio is music director of the Zurich Opera and becomes principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) next year.

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  • Congrats to Mr. Luisi. Top top conductor who has been absolutely excellent at the Met (from this listener’s perspective) as well as leading a very fine Heldenleben a bit ago at Carnegie Hall. Considering the discussion on SD about the recent supposed dearth of great conductors and the NYPO supposedly settling for the last guy on their list, it’s conductors like Luisi who restore my faith in the profession.

    • I believe his contract ends with the 2017/2018 season (having signed a 5 year contract taking up the post with the start of the 2012/2013 season).

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