About

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

Massimo Zanetti maintains a high-profile international career in the world’s leading Opera Houses and Concert Halls. Since September 2018, he is the Music Director of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the major symphonic orchestras in the Asian region.

His tenure has been characterised by significant success from both the audience and the press, putting the Gyeonggi Philharmonic under the international spotlight.

Besides his regular commitments in S.Korea, in the 2020/21 season the highlights will include the return to Cagliari for symphonic concerts with the Orchestra of the Teatro Lirico, Verdi’s I due Foscari at the Opèra de Montecarlo with Placido Domingo, the season closing concert of the Società dei Concerti in Milan with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala and his debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Zanetti will continue his long cooperations with the Berlin Staatsoper conducting Puccini’s Tosca and  Madama Butterfly.

Recent seasons operatic highlights include a new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Sydney Opera House, a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Seoul Metropolitan Opera and at the Staasoper Berlin as well; Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia  at Teatro alla Scala Milan, among other international engagements. On the symphonic side, he has conducted the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Brucknerorchester Linz as well as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin with Mischa Maisky and the annual Gala Academy Concert at Teatro Alla Scala. He also opened Moscow’s celebrated Rostropovich Festival with the Russian National Orchestra.

In past seasons, he has cooperated with the NCPA Beijing, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Bayerische Staatsoper Muenchen, Semperoper Dresden, Chicago Lyric Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Paris Opéra, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Regio Parma, Opera di Roma, Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio Torino, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Teatro Real de Madrid, ABAO Bilbao, among many others. As a symphonic conductor, Massimo Zanetti has worked with the Czech Philharmonic, Weimar Staatskapelle, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, CBSO, Manchester Hallé Orchestra, 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.

Zanetti held the Music Director position at the Flemish Opera from 1999–2002, leading highly-acclaimed productions of a wide range of titles including Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Strauss’ Salome and Debussy’s Pelléas et Melisande, in addition to numerous symphonic concerts as part of the House orchestral season.

Massimo Zanetti’s discography includes The Verdi Album with Sonya Yoncheva (Sony Classical, 2018), Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Decca, 2013),  Rigoletto and I Vespri Siciliani as part of the ‘Tutto Verdi’ project with Teatro Regio di Parma (Unitel Classica, 2008 and 2010). He has also recorded Flavio Testi’s Saül with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Naïve, 2004).

Last update: September 2020