Massimo Zanetti


Massimo Zanetti maintains a high-profile international career in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls: a dynamic and accomplished presence, he is particularly noted for his expertise in the 19th century Italian repertoire.

He begins the 2015/16 season leading Verdi’s Don Carlos (French version) at the ABAO Bilbao and returns to the Berlin Staatsoper for Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In February 2016 he will conduct Puccini’s Tosca at the San Diego Opera, followed by Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Zanetti will conduct the opening concert at the VII International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow, leading Russian National Orchestra in the Mozart´s Requiem.

Recent season highlights included a return to Teatro alla Scala di Milano conducting Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s I due Foscari featuring Placido Domingo at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) and Verdi’s Otello at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Two highly acclaimed concert performances of Simon Boccanegra with the Wiener Symphoniker and Thomas Hampson in the title role at the Vienna Konzerthaus culminated in a live CD recording for Decca, as well as concerts with Anna Netrebko at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

As a guest conductor on the operatic stage, he has appeared with houses world-wide including Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Opéra de Paris (Bastille), Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Torino, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Teatro Real de Madrid, ABAO Bilbao, and the NCPA Beijing, among many others. He held the position of Music Director of the Flemish Opera from 1999–2002, leading highly-acclaimed productions including Salome and Pelléas et Melisande, in addition to many symphonic concerts as part of the season.

Over the last ten years, Zanetti has worked regularly at the Semperoper Dresden and has conducted new productions including Otello, Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro and Norma as well as several symphonic concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden. He enjoys a close relationship with the Staatskapelle Berlin and is a regular guest also at Berlin’s Staatsoper. Following his debut with Norma in 2002, productions have included L’italiana in Algeri, Carmen, La Bohème, L’elisir d’amore, La Traviata and Don Carlo. After his debut in 2008 he has maintained a close collaboration with the Zürich Opera, most recently leading new productions of Luisa Miller and revivals of La fanciulla del West, Anna Bolena, Turandot, Otello and La Bohème. In 2007 he made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut with a new production of Luisa Miller and has returned for numerous revivals. Zanetti has also appeared at Teatro Regio di Parma’s prestigious Verdi Festival with Rigoletto (2008), Nabucco (2009 ), I Vespri Siciliani (2010) and Un ballo in maschera (2013) , as well as Puccini’s Tosca.

As a symphonic conductor, Massimo Zanetti has worked regularly with the Czech Philharmonic, the Weimar Staatskapelle and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, in addition to leading the Bamberger Symphoniker, Stuttgart Radio Symphony and NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras and the New Zealand Symphony. In the UK, Zanetti worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Hallé Orchestra including both concerts and a UK tour. In Asia, he developed a close relationship with the NHK Symphony Tokyo, as well as with the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, a collaboration that will continue in forthcoming seasons. He has also worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Zanetti led the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in critically-acclaimed performances of Verdi’s Requiem.

Massimo Zanetti’s recordings include Flavio Testi’s Saül (Naïve, 2004) and a Decca release of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (2013), as well as DVD releases by C Major within the ‘Tutto Verdi’ project of  Rigoletto (2008) and I Vespri Siciliani (2010) from the Teatro Regio di Parma.

Last update: November 17, 2015

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NameZanetti, Massimo
Born inItaly, Europe
Home LocationBerlin, Germany
Main languageItalian
Additional languages English,  French,  German 
Verdis "Simon Boccanegra" mit Thomas Hampson
2013-04-15 Der Standard, Vienna
"Massimo Zanetti's achievement with a focused Vienna Symphony Orchestra was hardly less than a stroke of a genius. With an agile baton, the Italian conjured blazing flames of passion and gloomy maelstroms of misfortune. The epic emotional narrative of Verdi's orchestral accompaniment has rarely been better captured."
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2015-05-01, Barcelona
"Massimo Zanetti holds the prime responsibility for the successful outcome of the evening, displaying a fluid and positive communication with the Liceu orchestra, which performed with much more vibrancy and cohesion than on recent nights. Zanetti is an electrifying and energetic conductor, who also understands how to charm with the most evocative lyricism. He understands voices and provided in all respects a thoroughly convincing Verdian score. Certainly, a man like Zanetti at the head of the orchestra could do great things for the Liceu"
(Alejandro Martínez)
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