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Massimo Zanetti  press reviews

Verdi's Il Trovatore - Il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, October 2009

By Marilisa Lazzari

“Davvero buona è la direzione di Massimo Zanetti . Una lettura accattivante, veloce, eseguita con mestiere e con grande attenzione al palco; una lettura a funzionale nel senson più positivo del termine e arricchita dal bel colore dell’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale; un solo intervallo permette il susseguirsi rapido delle scene e la tensione mai viene meno.”

"The direction of Massimo Zanetti is really commendable. An attractive and captivating reading, executed with a professional manner and great attention to the scenery; a functional reading in the most positive sense of the term. Enriched by the beautiful color of the Orchestra of Il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the presence of only one interval allows the quick succession of scenes and means the tension never ceases."

Verdi’s Luisa Miller at Paris Opera, February 2008

The Financial Times, 18 February 2008, Luisa Miller, Paris Opera (Bastille)

By Francis Carlin

[The orchestra] starts together and Zanetti’s zeal for crisp attacks and sophisticated detailing is expertly engineered.

Verdi’s Macbeth at the San Francisco Opera, November 2007

Classical Voice - SF Opera Journal, 24 November 2007 “Macbeth

By Eman Isadiar

The orchestra is as remarkable as ever under the capable baton of Massimo Zanetti who makes his debut with this production, and Ian Robertson does a fine job of directing the chorus.


The Bay Area Reporter, 22 November 2007: Murder in the tanning booth

San Francisco Opera's silly production of 'Macbeth'

By Jason Victor Serinus

Zanetti conducted wonderfully, bringing welcome colour and brio to an opera whose silly bevy of witches and less-than-perfect adaptation of Shakespeare detract from the music's greatness. Given that the production was ludicrous, and the Lady a fright, Zanetti and Hampson saved the day., 17 November 2007: Macbeth's Demise

By Christie Grimtad

Making his San Francisco Opera debut is internationally sought Massimo Zanetti whose interpretation of Macbeth creates all the appropriate emotions in all the right places. It is fortunate that Mr. Zanetti’s talented interpretation provides a much needed backbone to the Verdi score.

Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, June 2007

Die Welt, 4 Jun 2007, Komm in den Spiegel, Luise

By Manuel Brug

The orchestra under Massimo Zanetti shaped every nuance of the score with utmost subtlety, making this a great operatic moment where time stood still and the melody took over.

Verdi’s Otello at the Dresden Staatsoper, October 2006

Opernglas, December 2006

By W. Borchers

The conducting of Massimo Zanetti at the podium brings a congenial transparency and a fluent, clear way of playing, moreover finding in the soli parts of the phenomenal Saechsischen Staatskapelle Dresden a confirmation of a “chamber music” interpretation of the score, helped by the clear acoustic of the House, and bringing out some “ pianissimo” famous moments of incredible effect, never heard in such evident way., 18th October 2006

Otello bei den Ballermännern

Conductor Massimo Zanetti made the evening a musical event to Cherish.

Financial Times, 17th October 2006

By Shirly Apthorp

Massimo Zanetti brings a refreshingly tough and explosive edge to the score 16th October 2006

Samt in der Stimme, Dreck im Gesicht

One cannot help but kneel before the phenomenal music created by the Sächsische Staatskapelle under the energy-charged baton of Massimo Zanetti.


Neues Deutschland 16th October 2006: Ein Kuss von der Toten

Under Massimo Zanetti, the Staatskapelle achieved more than just the support of the singers’ magic. By using the emotions of love, oppressiveness, madness and presentiments of death, the collaboration achieved anything but a transparent performance… the musical side of the evening was acclaimed without exception