Luisi leads tribute to Zurich’s great Maestro

Luisi leads tribute to Zurich’s great Maestro


norman lebrecht

February 13, 2020

On March 28, Zurich Opera is putting on a memorial concert to its much-loved maestro Nello Santi, we hear exclusively from Zurich critic Christian Berzins.

The performance of Verdi’s Requiem will be directed by Fabio Luisi.





  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    I did not know much about Nello Santi before his death, except as the conductor of some Italian opera recordings. It was quite a surprise that he was once a music director of one of Europe’s best opera houses. Then I have a history of discovering important people only on the occasion of their deaths. That includes Elvis Presley & John Lennon ( neither of them by the way my cup of tea, unless of course I have too much alcohol on board, which is conducive to universal brother/sisterhood no matter one tastes and convictions).

  • Save the MET says:

    The conductors who work at the Metropolitan Opera today are dilettantes in comparison to Santi. He lived and breathed Italian opera.

  • CHNina says:

    It’s interesting that the website of the Zurich Opera lists two performances for the evening of March 28. At 19:00, a Gedenkkonzert for Nello Santi, the Verdi Requiem. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. Also at 19:00, Arabella. Conducted by Fabio Luisi.

    Something’s got to give.