Fabio Luisi, Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, is one of the most versatile artists of his generation. A frequent guest at all the world’s great classical venues, he conducts both operas and orchestral music. Appointed music director of Saxon State Opera from the 2007|2008 season, Fabio Luisi thereby also became principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Born in Genoa, he studied with Aldo Ciccolini in Paris (piano) and Milan Horvat in Graz (conducting). After a first engagement at Graz Theatre, he quickly made debut appearances from 1987 at the state operas in Berlin, Munich and Vienna – three houses where he has subsequently enjoyed close relationships, conducting numerous premieres and production revivals. Principal conductor of the Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester in Vienna from 1995 to 2000, Fabio Luisi has also directed the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva (1997-2002) and the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig (1999-2007). In addition to his position in Dresden, he was appointed principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Fabio Luisi is regularly invited by the world’s leading orchestras, festivals and opera houses as a guest conductor. One particularly close and fruitful collaboration since 2005 has been with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.