The next chief of the Dallas Symphony, following Jaap Van Zweden, is to be Fabio Luisi, the stylish and meticulous Italian conductor.
Luisi, 59, will start work in 2020. He will need to shed some other commitments.
He is presently music director of Zurich Opera, Danish National Symphony Orchestra (where he renewed just two weeks ago) and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, where he succeeded Zubin Mehta.
He has served as principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera during James Levine’s absence for health reasons. But Luisi, a man of strict ethics, could not get along with Peter Gelb and the residency petered out.
His first encounter with Dallas in March proved exceptionally productive, as video released today testifies.
He told the local paper today: ‘I knew it was a good orchestra, but the quality of the orchestra, and the spirit in the orchestra, went way beyond my expectations.’
Dallas can count itself lucky.
Musicians in world-class orchestras are genuinely fond of Fabio, a dedicated artist and a very decent man.