Zanetti is an electrifying and energetic conductor, who also understands how to charm with the most evocative lyricism.
- Codelario

Massimo Zanetti was Music Director of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul from 2018 until the end of 2022. Under his leadership, it has become one of the most important symphony orchestras in Asia. Among his many concerts, the Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann and Respighi Cycles were particularly acclaimed by the critics and audience.

His international career has already taken him to the most renowned opera houses and concert halls in the world. In 2023, among other engagements, Zanetti conducted La Traviata and a new production of Don Carlo at the Opera de Monte-Carlo and he continued his twenty years collaboration with the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, conducting Don Carlo and La Bohème.

The first part of 2024 will see his return to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra with a production of La Bohème, after their splendid collaborations in Otello and La Traviata. He will then return to the Teatro Lirico of Cagliari with L’Italiana in Algeri.

Zanetti will open the 70th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, on the Centenary of the composer’s death, with a new production – directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi – of Le Villi and Edgar, proposed in a diptych like in their first version.

Invitations in recent seasons have taken him to Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Sydney Opera House, Scala di Milano and the Seoul Metropolitan Opera among many others.

In the symphonic field, he has worked with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra, among many others.

Massimo Zanetti was Music Director of the Flemish Opera from 1999 to 2002. During this time, he not only performed a large number of highly acclaimed productions of a wide range of titles including Salome, Der Fliegende Holländer and Pelléas et Melisande but also many symphonic concerts presenting some of the most important works in the repertoire.

Zanetti’s successful work is also documented by an extensive discography.

January 2024

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