Lorenzo Viotti starts his tenure as chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Opera in the 2021-2022 season. The conductor with Swiss and French nationality takes over from Marc Albrecht.
Viotti made his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018, conducting Stravinsky's Petrushka in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Viotti has also made a name for himself as an opera conductor. He has won several major conducting competitions, including the Nestlé Young Conductors Award of the Salzburger Festspiele in 2015. In 2017 he was named 'best newcomer' at the International Opera Awards.
He has conducted major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. He is currently chief conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon.
SOUGHT-AFTER OPERA CONDUCTOR
Viotti has conducted opera titles such as Rigoletto, Werther, Tosca, Carmen and La bohème at international opera houses such as Staatsoper Stuttgart, Semperoper Dresden, Oper Frankfurt, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris and The Metropolitan Opera.
In his first official season at Dutch National Opera, he will conduct operas by Verdi and Puccini, and in the following period he will also be conducting titles from, among others, the German Romantic repertoire. He will make his DNO debut early in September 2019, replacing Sir Mark Elder in the verismo double bill Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana.
Lorenzo Viotti comes from a musical family. He studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon. Like his father Marcello Viotti, he chose to be a conductor. He took lessons in conducting with Georg Mark in Vienna and Nicolás Pasquet in Weimar. Viotti is a regular guest at orchestras where his father has been a conductor, including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, which is father conducted in 1996 and 1999. According to most members of the orchestra, Lorenzo is quite different from his father, except in one respect: 'Lorenzo also sings along during rehearsals'.
Since its formation in 1985, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the resident orchestra of Dutch National Opera, with chief conductor Hartmut Haenchen as the first principal conductor in this special double role. Lorenzo Viotti succeeds Marc Albrecht. After 10 years, Marc Albrecht bids farewell to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera in the 2019-2020 season.
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