Dallas Symphony’s new music director: Fabio Luisi, beginning 2019-20

Posted on: June 4, 2018

“Few conductors have a more impressive international résumé, in both orchestra and opera, than Fabio Luisi. On Monday, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced the 59-year-old Italian as its next music director, succeeding Jaap van Zweden,” writes Scott Cantrell in Monday’s (6/4) Dallas Morning News. “Luisi currently has three principal conductor contracts in Europe [Zurich Opera, Danish National Symphony, and Italy’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino]. He’ll gradually reduce those as he expands his time in Dallas from five to 10 or more weeks by 2021…. Luisi created quite a stir with his March DSO performances…. ‘The orchestra really rallied and loved working with him,’ said concertmaster Alexander Kerr, one of four musicians on the DSO search committee…. Luisi is best known in this country for an acclaimed tenure, from 2011 to 2017, as principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.… As [the Dallas Symphony’s] music director-designate, he’ll make a special guest-conducting appearance during the 2018-19 season. His five-year contract will begin in 2019-20, with five weeks that season as music director-designate. Taking over fully as music director in 2020-21, he’ll conduct seven weeks that season and 10 or more in each of the following three seasons.”

Posted June 4, 2018

In photo: Fabio Luisi, who will become music director of the Dallas Symphony in 2019-20. Photo by Barbara Luisi