Maestro move: Dallas offers Luisi deal

The Dallas Symphony has extended Fabio Luisi’s contract as music director for five more years, through to 2029.

He has launched into a 10-year plan to present 20 premieres of commissions by US composers.

Prss release here.

The long-term renewal is an indication that US orchs are nailing down the better music directors as vacancies loom at Chicago and elsewhere.


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      • You’re right. I enjoyed many of his performances – superb in Italian repertoire but also just a wonderful Wagner conductor – amazing pacing and quite different from Levine’s approach.

        • In my opinion, Luisi’s installments of The Ring were better than Levine’s, and not by a small margin either. Levine’s Die Walkure in particular suffered from turgid tempos and lifelessness. Luisi’s Siegfried was particularly wonderful!

  • I doubt anyone of note is going to be “nailed down”.

    I’ll bet that all contracts have an escape clause that will allow the MD to accept an offer from a more illustrious orchestra should the opportunity arise.

    • If by illustrious you mean the Big Five, you should go to Dallas and hear the orchestra – it’s not inferior to Chicago, Boston etc in any way. It’s hall is superb and the audiences enthusiastic. I’m looking forward to hearing them give Franz Schmidt’s 4th in April. Meanwhile Boston, New York, Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia remain silent.

      • Indeed. I have played with the DSO in the past as a sub. It is a great orchestra.

        But trust me. There is still prestige in conducting a Big 5.

        Or why would Jaap or Solti jump when the opportunity presented itself?

  • “He has launched into a 10-year plan to present 20 premieres of commissions by US composers.”
    I can hear the U.S. and A. rejoicing from here (20 of them at least), but asking themselves why they won’t be hearing the new music from last year, or 5 years ago, or…

  • Luisi is one of the most boring conductors I have sung for. Perfectly adequate and exactly the same in a short rehearsal period or a long one. Give me excitement over this any day (and it shows why he ends up in Dallas…)

    • So Maestro Luisi’s experience informs him how to adjust to time constraints of various given rehearsal schedules? How professional of him.

      P.S. If you’ve not been to Dallas, it’s orchestra is not be be sniffed at.

  • “… and new orchestral works by Bruce Adolphe scheduled to be premiered in the orchestra’s 2021/22 season …”

    The Piano Puzzler arranges songs from Hamilton in the style of Brahms!

  • Good news. Congratulations to Fabio Luisi. The last mention of him here was of a positive test for the virus several weeks ago. Is there anything new on that?

  • Great news for him. That being said, what kind of premieres are we talking about? And how many concerts a season does Dallas play? If we’re talking mostly 10-odd minute concert pieces, 2 per season sounds hardly ambitious (the OSM does more than that – 3-4 per season – without having a press release about it). If there are larger pieces, concertos, symphonies, then that’s better. But as a number, 20 over 10 years is not in itself any significant.

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