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Oleg Caetani

  • Conductor


In 2001 Oleg Caetani made his debut at La Scala, Milan with Turandot, returning there in 2005 to conduct Otello. He opened the 2001 season of the Theatre of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Don Pasquale. Recent engagements have included Vaughan Williams' Sir John In Love at the English National Opera, L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, The Girl of the Golden West in Seattle , The Flying Dutchman in Rome , Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in Houston, Oedipe by Enescu to open the Enescu Festival 2009, Salomé opening the Tenerife Opera Festival and concerts with such orchestras as the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Staatskapelle Dresden and Munich Philharmonic both several times, Orchestre National de Radio France, National Orchestra of Spain, I ?Orchestre National de Lyon, Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the RAI National Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana etc.

Forthcoming engagements include La voix humaine coupled with The Bluebeard Castle and Don Carlos in Koln, concerts with Metropolitan Orchestra in Tokyo, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, , the Konzerthaus Orchester in Berlin, RAI National Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the Verdi Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow etc. Nadia Boulanger discovered his talent and initiated him to music.

At the Rome Conservatory of Santa Cecilia he attended Franco Ferrara's conducting class and studied composition with Irma Ravinale. at the age of 17, he made his theatre debut with a production of Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. He then went to the Moscow Conservatory to study conducting with Kyrill Kondrashin and musicology with Nadezhda Nikolaev. He graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory in conducting with Ilya Musin. Winner of the RAI Turin competition and Karajan Competition in Berlin, he started his career at the Berlin State Opera “Unter den Linden” as repetiteur and assistant of Otmar Suitner.

Since then he has been Chief Conductor at the German National Theatre in Weimar, First Conductor at the Frankfurt Opera House, Music Director first at the Wiesbaden Opera House, later at the Chemnitz Opera House and of the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra . During these years he was already a guest conductor by orchestras like Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker (with whom he has recorded “Poliuto” by Donizetti for Emi-Cbs), Yomiuri, Orchestre National de France etc. His three recordings of Tansman’s Symphonies, relesead by Chandos, have won the Diapason d’Or in 2006 and 2008. His Tchaikovsky’s symphony cycle include Manfred was recently released on the ABC Classics label.