Obituary: Conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti, 75

Posted on: August 16, 2021

“Gianluigi Gelmetti, former chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, has died in Monte Carlo. He was 75,” writes Nick Galvin in Thursday’s (8/12) Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). “Gelmetti began working with the SSO as guest conductor in 1993, before taking the baton from Edo de Waart in 2004. His tenure lasted five years, after which he was succeeded by Vladimir Ashkenazy. SSO chief executive Emma Dunch said Gelmetti would be ‘fondly remembered. A true artist, Maestro Gelmetti was celebrated across the globe for his prodigious skill and great passion for music…. We are honoured to have shared the stage with such a phenomenal musician.’ Highlights of Gelmetti’s time with the SSO included a 2006 performance of Puccini’s La Rondine featuring Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou, a 2004 presentation of Verdi’s Requiem and a tour of his Italian homeland in 2008. Gelmetti made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, going on to become principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and, in 2012, principal conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.”