Gianluigi Gelmetti - Conductor - W Print

Gianluigi Gelmetti is one of today’s most prestigious conductors. Since his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Italian conductor, pupil of Sergiu Celibidache, Franco Ferrara and Hans Swarowski, regularly appears on the podium of the world’s most important opera houses and festivals.

He was Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (1989-1998), Music Director of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (2000-2009), Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2004-2008), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Philharminique in Monte Carlo (from 2013).  He teaches orchestral conducting at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena since 1997 and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Maestro Gelmetti is specialized in the Italian and French operatic repertory of the 19th and 20thCentury, including revivals and premieres of rarely performed works. In Italy, he has conducted numerous productions at the Rossini Opera Festival, receiving the “Rossini d’Oro” award for his reading of the Guillaume Tell in 1999. He was also awarded the Tokyo critics’ prize “Best Performance of the Year” with Beethoven’s Symphony n.9 in 1997.

His catalogue, recorded mostly for EMI but also for Sony, Ricordi, Fonit, Teldec and Agorà, shows the extent and complexity of his repertoire, including: several operas by Rossini, Puccini and Mozart; Ravel orchestral music; Mozart Symphonies; and selected works by Stravinsky, Berg, Webern, Varèse and Rota. Recent releases include Bruckner’s Symphony n.6 and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

Maestro Gelmetti is also the composer of, among many others: In Paradisum Deducant Te Angeli, premiered by the Orchestra and Choir of Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and later performed in London, Munich, Frankfurt, Budapest, Sydney and Stuttgart; Algos for big orchestra, premiered in 1997 by the Münchener Philharmoniker; and Prasanta Atma, commissioned in 1999 to celebrate Sergiu Celibidache. In 2000, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna commissioned him Cantata della Vita for choir, cello solo and orchestra.

During the last seasons he conducted: Falstaff at the Opéra in Monte Carlo; Guillaume Tell at the Opernhaus Zurich, in Monte Carlo and in Paris; La Forza del Destino and Un ballo in maschera in Parma; Les Vepres Siciliennes in Naples; Turandot in Tokyo; Il Barbiere di Siviglia and I due Foscari in Toulouse; Francesca da Rimini, Amica and Das Rheingold in Monte Carlo; Un Ballo in Maschera, La Traviata, Haydn’s Die SchoepfungDon Giovanni and Mozart’s Requiem in Trieste; La Fanciulla del West in Liège; Rossini's Stabat Mater in Sarajevo; Verdi's Requiem in Rome and Taranto; and numerous symphonic concerts in Berlin and Copenhagen. Most recentely M° Gelmetti conducted La Cenerentola for Rada Film and the direction of Carlo Verdone.

His most recent plans include: Die Fledermaus in Trieste; Attila at the Teatro Regio in Parma; La Rondine and Die Zauberflöte in Catania;  Zelmira in Bad Wildbad; Tosca in Liège; Attila at the Teatro Regio in Parma; Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Taranto and Rome with the Orchestra della Magna Grecia then in Modena; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Trieste; Rossini's Messe Solennelle in Taranto and Bari; Verdi's Requiem in Taranto.

Plans include Macbeth in Pavia, Como, Brescia, Cremona;  Alzira and Otello in Liège; Verdi's Requiem in Monte Carlo; Mefistofele in Modena and Piacenza.

Gianluigi Gelmetti was named "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" in France and "Cavaliere di Gran Croce" by Italy’s President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

July 2019

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