Massimo Zanetti shone as the brightest star of the evening. The maestro gave a driving reading that never turned into bluster. Zanetti shaped, pushed and pulled, all while weaving together the musical fabric of the score which comprises so many colorful sonorities. It was a vision of the piece that was surprising in its inventiveness, but seemed dramatically organic. The clarity he brought to the ensemble, both vocally and instrumentally, betrayed a musically assured mind, intimately familiar with the score. The piece sounded fresh all while remaining fundamentally Verdi. Both orchestra and chorus were at their best and exceptionally attentive and inspired.

- ConcertoNet


Verdi’s La Traviata / Staatsoper Berlin

Critical Acclaim "Cette réussite, et cette finesse d’incarnation, on la doit aussi en très grande partie à l’excellence de la direction de Massimo Zanetti..." Laurent BuryForum Opera

Concert with Jessica Pratt

Critical Acclaim "As is often done in concerts, the sung pieces were alternated with a few overtures. Thanks to conductor Massimo Zanetti, these four orchestral works, often only intended to give a concert an acceptable duration, were real gems." H.D.Opera Gazet

Bellini’s Norma / Opera Royal Wallonie

Critical Acclaim "Un grand bravo enfin au chef, Massimo Zanetti, que le public liégeois avait pu admirer dans Luisa Miller, en 2014." Bruno PeetersCrescendo magazine

«Il Trovatore» fedele specchio dei travagli dell’animo

Feature "Ho una serie di reminiscenze legate alla musica che, sin da tenerissima età, rappresentava una costante nella vita quotidiana della nostra famiglia - Massimo Zanetti" Giulio Alessandro BocchiGazetta di Parma

Mozart Requiem / Moscow

Critical Acclaim "Zanetti enchantingly increased the choral sound: we were as if covered by a storm cloud, which dissipated during moments of musical hope and rejoicing, as in Sanctus or Benedictus." Maya KrylovaNew Journal

Puccini’s Tosca / San Diego Opera

Critical Acclaim "The orchestra, as conducted by the atomic Massimo Zanetti, was spectacular." Garrett HarrisSan Diego Reader

Verdi’s Don Carlos / Ópera de Bilbao

Critical Acclaim ""A magnificent Don Carlos . . . The Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of Maestro Massimo Zanetti, rightly one of the most sought after conductors of his generation, gave a great interpretation of "Don Carlos."" Frederik VerbekeEklektika

“Verdi nos acompaña en una nueva aproximación a la vida”

Feature "Este fin de semana se ha estrenado la 64 temporada de ópera de ABAO-OLBE con nada menos que Don Carlos de Verdi, una Gran Ópera francesa con todo lo que ello implica. Sin duda es un gran reto para todos los que la hacen posible y los nervios están a flor de piel. Sin embargo, Massimo Zanetti, el director musical, encuentra unos momentos para charlar educada, amable y distendidamente sobre Don Carlos con Klassikbidea." Nora Franco MadariagaKlassikbidea

Verdi’s Don Carlos / ABAO-OLBE

Critical Acclaim "En el foso se movió con autoridad y conocimiento Massimo Zanetti, un maestro de gesto elegante y amplio, que maneja una bien adiestrada mano izquierda..." Arturo ReverterBeckmesser

Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera & Requiem / San Diego Opera

Critical Acclaim "Un ballo in Maschera and Verdi’s Requiem were both a highlight not just for the year but for San Diego Opera as a company. The combination of the principal cast along with Maestro Massimo Zanetti in both Ballo and the requiem was stellar." Garret HarrisSan Diego Reader

Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Teatro alla Scala

Critical Acclaim "Under Maestro Massimo Zanetti';s baton, the Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra captured the absurdity and frenzy of Rossini’s two-act comedy that premiered in February 1816 in Rome." Courtney SmithBachtrack

Verdi’s I due foscari / Gran Teatre del Liceu

Critical Acclaim "Gran tasca la de Massimo Zanetti, expressiu i àgil en el marcatge melòdic..." Andreu Martínez MiretNúvol

Verdi’s I due Foscari / Gran Teatro del Liceu

Critical Acclaim "First, Massimo Zanetti was largely responsible for the good outcome of the evening, with a smooth and pleasant communication with the head of the Liceu orchestra, which sounded much more exciting and more tight than in recent evenings." Alejandro MartínezCodalario

Bizet’s Carmen / Teatro alla Scala

Critical Acclaim "Commovente, miracolosa, magistrale: inutile girarci attorno, la Carmen diretta da Massimo Zanetti al Teatro alla Scala sfiora il sublime." Ida Amlesù and Mattia L. PalmaCultweek

Interview with Massimo Zanetti

Feature "Certainly Verdi and Puccini are in my blood, and they'll always be faithful, because the path of knowledge of their respective masterpieces is infinite, it takes not just a lifetime to even begin to fully appreciate their depth and intent." Giorgio Gervasonil'opera

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly / ABAO-OLBE

Critical Acclaim "La sapiencia del maestro Zanetti reflejaba con claridad gestual la gravedad de la música que encerraba la partidura y entre largos silencios y acordes profundos..." Nino DenticiEl Correo

Anna Netrebko in Concert / Palau de la Musica

Critical Acclaim "Here we see Zanetti, always willing, thoughtful and expressive, with a natural connection to the spirit of Verdi scores, which he approaches with a considerate and wise mixture of tension and lyricism, of theatricality and more contemplative bel canto." Alejandro MartínezCodalario

Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor / Opéra Royal de Wallonie

Critical Acclaim "The orchestra followed Zanetti with fine, precisely cultivated pianos, rich, grounded tones in the strings and crashing brass interjections. Of course, Verdi's stereotypical accompanying formulas are not missing; but with Zanetti they sound elevated." Manfred LangerDer Opernfreund

Verdi’s Luisa Miller / Opéra Royal de Wallonie

Critical Acclaim "Maestro Massimo Zanetti and his baton are expert in Verdian repertoire." Michèle FricheLe Soir

Verdi’s Requiem / San Diego Opera

Critical Acclaim "As Massimo Zanetti (making his company debut) demonstrated, it all starts and ends with the conductor. And right from the orchestra’s first response to Zanetti’s downbeat, you had the feeling this was going to be special." James ChuteThe San Diego Union-Tribune

Staatskapelle Weimar

Critical Acclaim "Dass sich aber in dieser Musik, für flinke Füße erfunden, aufwändig gearbeitete Charakterstücke von sinfonischem Gewicht verbergen, diese Einsicht vermittelte uns erst Massimo Zanetti am Pult der Staatskapelle Weimar im 4. Sinfoniekonzert." Hans-Jürgen ThiersTueringische Landeszeitung

5 questions à Massimo Zanetti

Feature "Je suis surtout connu pour l’opéra italien : Bellini, Verdi, Puccini… Il est plus rare que l’on me demande pour autre chose." Roberto RicciForum Opéra