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Farewell, Fabio: Luisi Leaving Metropolitan Opera for Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2017

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 08, 2014 11:11 AM EDT

Perhaps Fabio Luisi's schedule just found some free time--as the famed Zurich Opera music director will not renew his contract as principal conductor of The Metropolitan Opera in 2017. Instead, he will pursue his new withstanding contract with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Luisi is a hero to New York audiences for finding a spot with the Met Opera on short notice after he assumed the various duties of the sidelined music director, James Levine, after an injury.

Thus, Fabio's new contract will succeed the late chief conductor retiree Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

As you may have heard, The Metropolitan Opera faced a serious lockout this year, nearly cancelling its 2014 Fall season. Peter Gelb and the six major unions representing most of the Met's employees found common ground but, unfortunately, he couldn't ease the delicate situation surrounding Luisi (who arguably saved the Met's Ring).

If you can follow, Danish newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, released the following:

Kommende chef i DR stopper på The Met Berlingske | 04.09.2014 | Side 25 DOBBELTJOB

Fabio Luisi forlænger ikke sin kontrakt som dirigent på Manhattans verdenskendte opera. Han meddelte sin beslutning i et interview til Berlingske tirsdag eftermiddag. Den italienske dirigent blev i mandags udnævnt til chefdirigent for DRs symfoniorkester - som efterfølger for den nyligt afdøde Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Luisi har haft to andre lederjob de seneste år: Dels som chef for operaen i Zürich, dels som førstedirigent på den verdenskendte Metropolitan Opera i New York. Men når han tiltræder den danske post i 2017, vil han afslutte sin kontrakt med operahuset på Manhattan. Verdensnavnet har formentlig ikke fået så mange opgaver i New York som ønsket. Læs hele interviewet i Berlingske på lørdag. schauser.

Farewell, Fabio. Here he is in the flesh below.

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TagsFabio Luisi, The Metropolitan Opera, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Zurich opera, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, James Levine

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