June 17, 2018 / 9:44 PM

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



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).


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