Massimo Zanetti maintains a high-profile international career in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. “The noted Italian conductor Massimo Zanetti led a lithe, fiery, cutting performance, one in which the expression mercy was not a priority. […] The standing ovation was long and loud and would have gone on for much longer had there been enough curtain calls.” (Los Angeles times, March 2014)
Zanetti’s 17/18 season sees him return to the Opèra Royale de Wallonie/Liège with a new production of Norma and he is taking part in the first season of the renewed Staatsoper Berlin – Unter den Linden with La Traviata. He will also make his debut at the Budapest State Opera with a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera; furthermore he will cooperate with the Brucknerorchester Linz and celebrate his debuts with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra/Moscow with Dinara Alieva, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Komische Oper Berlin Orchestra with Mischa Maisky, among others. He will also conduct a tour with Sonya Yoncheva in Montpellier, Baden Baden and Paris at Thèatre des Champs-Elysèes.
Recent season highlights include his debut with the Russian National Orchestra at Moscow’s celebrated Rostropovich Festival, at Beijing’s NCPA with the production of Don Pasquale, his return to Teatro alla Scala di Milano conducting Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia, to Semperoper Dresden to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Bohème, to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich with Verdi’s Macbeth, to the Parma Verdi Festival with Il Trovatore and to Staatsoper Berlin with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Don Carlo. Besides highly-acclaimed visits to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu with Verdi’s I Due Foscari and Simon Boccanegra, both featuring Placido Domingo and Leo Nucci sharing the title role, Zanetti conducted at the ABAO Bilbao the original French version of Don Carlos, Tosca and Un ballo in Maschera at the San Diego Opera, in addition to performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony, and made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with Verdi’s Otello.
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, and he continues to work in concert with significant singers of our time, most recently collaborating 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, 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, Royal Swedish Opera, Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House, among many others. 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 Asia, he developed a close relationship with the NHK Symphony Tokyo, as well as with the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.