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Massimo Zanetti

  • Conductor


Over the last ten years, Massimo Zanetti has worked regularly at the Dresden SemperOper and has conducted new productions of Carmen, Otello, Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, Le Nozze di Figaro and Norma as well as numerous revivals (Don Carlos, Madama Butterfly) and symphonic concerts with the Dresden Staatskapelle.

Zanetti is also a regular guest at Berlin’s Staatsoper where he made his highly acclaimed debut with a production of Norma in 2002 followed by an enthusiastically received new production of The Italian Girl in Algiers and a revival of Carmen. In 2007 he made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper with a successful new production of Luisa Miller (directed by Klaus Guth) and conducted revivals there including Traviata.

Opera highlights of the last few seasons have included Zanetti’s highly acclaimed debut in a new production of Luisa Miller at the Opéra de Paris (Bastille) as well as Verdi’s Nabucco at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, a production which was taken to Savonlinna Opera Festival. He also conducted a successful production of Macbeth for San Francisco Opera and performances at the Verdi Festival in Parma of Rigoletto (2008) and Tosca (2009).

As a symphonic conductor Zanetti has worked with the Bamberg Symphony, Stuttgart Radio, NDR Symphony Hamburg, the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Hallé Orchestras as well as the New Zealand Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Finnish and Swedish Radio Orchestras. Following his Japanese debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, he was re-invited for a three week period in 2008 and in that same season, also made a successful debut with the Konzerthaus Orchestra, Berlin.

In 2009/10 season, Massimo Zanetti continued his collaborations with the SemperOper Dresden (Otello, Tosca and Le Nozze di Figaro), Berlin StaatsOper (Bohème) and Bayerische Staatsoper (Luisa Miller). He conducted productions at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze (Il Trovatore) and Teatro Regio di Parma (Nabucco). Following his debut at Zurich Opera last year, Mo. Zanetti received an immediate re-invitation to conduct a new production of Luisa Miller in April/May and a revival of Bohème within this same period. He finishes the season with a concert version of Norma at Teatro Real, Madrid.

Future invitations include a new production of Madama Butterfly at the Savonlinna Opera Festival this summer and a reinvitation to Teatro Parma’s prestigious Verdi Festival for a new production of I Vespri siciliani this August. Mo. Zanetti opens the 2010/11 season at Opera Royal de Wallonie (Un ballo in maschera) and has been reinvited to the Berlin StaatsOper throughout 2010/11 (L'Elisir d'Amore and Don Carlos). In the States, he has been invited for two new productions at the Chicago Lyric Opera in future seasons.

Following a highly successful recent engagement with the Czech Philharmonic at Dvorak’s Prague Festival conducting Dvorak's oratorio The Spectre's Bride, he received a reinvitation to conduct Verdi's Requiem in 2010/11 and next season also returns to the Konzerthaus Orchestra, Berlin in a programme with Håkan Hardenberger.

Massimo Zanetti began his musical education in Milan at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi and has been the recipient of many prizes including the Forum Junger Künstler in Vienna, Franco Ferrara in Rome and the Donatella Flick International Conducting Competition in London.