What he offered was music, but the audience saw more than music. Four years of devotion, a relationship of trust, the energy of positivity and hope that each other develops. It must have been the footsteps of companionship that Zanetti showed to Gyeonggi-phil and the audience.
-Yon Hap News
"Gyeonngi Philharmonic Music Director Massimo Zanetti’s time in Korea"
Myeong Hyun HurThe Strad
"Massimo Zanetti, a highly esteemed conductor who has spent his career at Europe's leading opera houses, has made his final appearance as Music Director of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic after four years."
Kim Jun-hyungSisa Magazine
Verdi Requiem with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic
"What he offered was music, but the audience saw more than music. "
Kim Yong-raeYon Hap News
Massimo Zanetti puts down Gyeonggi-Phil’s baton, “The past four years have been like magic”
"During the rehearsals Massimo Zanetti (60), chief conductor of the Gyeonggi Phil, stands on the podium above the stage, makes eye contact with the members and moves the baton non-stop."
Kim SolYonhap News
Massimo Zanetti before farewell stage “Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ in one word, ‘why?’… Korean performers are excellent”
"Every moment over the past four years has been an episodic memory, and in a word, it was a very grateful time."
Lee Kang-eunSegye Ilbo
Massimo Zanetti “Sorry to leave Gyeonggi Phil… 4 years together was like magic”
"It is very sad to leave the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra. The time I spent with the members over the past 4 years was like magic, and every moment is memorable."
Shin Sung-ah New Daily
Conductor Massimo Zanetti, farewell performance ‘Verdi Requiem’…” It’s been a magical 4 years.”
"Music director Massimo Zanetti, who has held the baton of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 4 years, bids farewell to the orchestra with Verdi “Requiem"."
Music Director Massimo Zanetti Boosts Stature: ‘Orchestra Builder’ Upgrades Orchestra with Fresh Conducting
"I'm very sad to leave. For four years, I worked with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra and felt a bond artistically and humanly."
Taehyung RyuJoongAng Ilbo
Massimo Zanetti: “The 4 years I spent with Gyeonggi Phil were like magic”
"Massimo Zanetti, the music director of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, announced his resignation during the Conference on the 18th of July. "
Magical 4 years of growing up with the audience
"Conductor Massimo Zanetti tenure was constrained by the spread of the corona before he left office, and his last performance will be Verdi 'Requiem'"
Pak Dae-gi Daily Economy
Schumann’s Third and Fourth Symphonies (Seoul Arts Center)
"The Maestro depicted Schumann's love for Clara and the complexity of the Composer's soul, and the result was just thrilling, as emotions were engraved in the music."
Ryu Tae HyungChousun Ilbo
Le Nozze di Figaro – Grand Hall of the Gyeonggi Art Center
"Gyeonggi-phil MD Massimo Zanetti conducts 'Marriage of Figaro'in a contemporary minimalist staging, with outstanding acting, a comic and funny cembalo performance, filled with both drama and laughs."
Tae-hyung SongThe Korea Economic Daily
THE STRAD Korea
"In the past three years I have always tried to promote a path with the GPO that would make us grow and mature."
So-Yeun JungTHE STRAD Korea
“Last Harmony” with Massimo Zanetti.
"Massimo Zanetti, Music Director of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, is set to part ways with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra this year"
Il Corsaro in Montecarlo
"La proposta monegasca è vincente a partire dalle solide basi musicali garantite dalla bacchetta di Massimo Zanetti"
Alessandro MormileConnessi all'opera
Stravinsky Tribute at the Goyang Aram Nuri Concert Hall
"Goyang Aramnuri Haydn Hall shook. When the Gyeonggi Philharmonic, conducted by Massimo Zanetti, performed King Kastchei's Hell Dance among Stravinsky's Firebird, I felt vitality in the violent dynamic. "I'm alive." "I want to live more.""
Ryu TaehyungAuditorium Magazine
Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Berlin
"Frenetischer Applaus nach Puccinis „Madama Butterfly“ an der Staatsoper, Aleksandra Kurzak und Ehemann Roberto Alagna (Mitte) gaben eine fulminante und anrührende Vorstellung, die Staatskapelle unter Massimo Zanetti wurde ebenfalls gefeiert, so muss Oper sein!"
Martina HafnerBerliner Zeitung
Beethoven Piano Concertos Cycle Five for Five
"The Barenreiter edition was fresh, a new interpretation of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic, where Massimo Zanetti worked his magic, made me fall in love again with the charm of its music."
Ryu Tae Hyung , Music ColumnistNaver Cultural Blog
SAC Orchestra Festival Concert 2021
"The stage of 'Five for Five', a series of performances of all Beethoven's Piano Concertos held at the Gyeonggi Art Center, was exactly what Massimo Zanetti said. "
Shin Yeon-kyungGyeonggi Newspaper
Interview for the ‘Hankookilbo’ newspaper
"I'm honoured to be at my third appearance at this unique event hosted by the Seoul Arts Center"
I due Foscari at Opèra de Monte-Carlo
"À l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo, le premier artisan de cette admirable réhabilitation est le chef Massimo Zanetti qui, dès les premières mesures, sait insuffler de la noblesse dans cette musique."
PAUL FOURIERToute la Culture
"The energy of Massimo Zanetti is shining. Especially when he’s talking about the Gyeonggi Phil - of whom he has been Music Director since September 2018- his eyes light up."
Park ChanmiAuditorium Magazine
THE STRAD KOREA MAGAZINE
"The situation caused by Covid-19 has been inevitably prolongued , but at the same time my orchestra and I are trying to find a solution to normalize the Concerts Season."
Jeong So-YeonThe Strad
Gyeonggi Philharmonic at the Orchestra Festival organized by the Seoul Arts Center
"Massimo Zanetti played it to the right degree, nothing excessive in his style, but he found the perfect balance and played it well."
BommeNaver cultural blog
Reviews of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra’s’ Anthology Series IV-Mozart & Beethoven’
"Even with a smaller ensemble, the sound of music filled the grand theater. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 and Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 (orchestral version), which were completed by Mozart and Beethoven shortly before the end of their lives. The performance of pianist Lee Jin-sang was clear as if the notes had wings."
Adding philosophy to the change
"Last year, when the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra (GPO) welcomed Massimo Zanetti as its first foreign artistic director"
Lee Mi-RaCOVER STORY/ AUDITORIUM magazine
Chosun Ilbo | Feature by Kim Kyeong-Eun
"While working together with Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, I have learned that a postive attitude can change many things"
Kim, Kyeong-EunChosun Ilbo
Don Giovanni at the Seoul Sejong Theater / Metropolitan Opera
"Italian Maestro Zanetti successfully led his GPhil with the high flexibility demanded by the operatic repertoire."
Yongsook LeeYeonhap news
For who do we make music?
"It’s a crucial question that I kept asking myself during my artistic wanderings from one end of the world to the other, for at least ten/eleven months a year."
Concerts with Elsa Dreisig at the Seoul Arts Center
"Maestro Zanetti created huge dynamics with details in differentiated volume between instruments among all the sections."
Sangkwon LeeThe Strings
Madama Butterfly in Sydney
"Conductor Massimo Zanetti and the Opera Australia Orchestra provided expansive support, particularly to Son, in sustaining and drawing out the work’s big dramatic moments."
Peter McCallumSydney Morning Herald
31st MAY 2019, CONCERT at the Seoul Arts Center
"Maestro Zanetti’s conducting is always admirable."
Tae-hyung RyuJoong-Ang Daily Newspaper, Guest Reporter Classic Odyssey, Music Coordinator / Daewon Cultural Foundation, Executive Manager / Auditorium, Editor-in-Chief & Reporter
ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL SEOUL/ Seoul Arts Center, 20th April 2019
"Massimo Zanetti deserves to be called the best conductor of this symphonic festival."
New Year Concert at the GAC
"Zanetti’s own color was added to the most well-known repertoire for the 2019 GPhil New Year Concert."
Godeun KwonFeb. Magazine
Concerts with Sonya Yoncheva and reviews for The Verdi Album
"Zanetti dirigiert mit Umsicht und feinzeichnend, pumpt aber trotzdem jede Menge Energie ins Orchester"
Udo BadeltDer Tagespiegel
Gyeonggi Philharmonic Reviews
"He charmed the audiences by conducting the orchestra with elegant lines and free tempi,
reaffirming his reputation as an opera conductor."
-With In News
Carmen at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
"La direzione dell’orchestra è stata affidata al maestro Massimo Zanetti, al suo debutto a Cagliari,
che ha saputo far emozionare gli spettatori."
Giampaolo SannaCronaca Online
Verdi’s La Traviata / Staatsoper Berlin
"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
Bizet’s Carmen / Teatro Lirico, Cagliari
"...la bacchetta di Massimo Zanetti riesce a riprodurre (specie nelle grandi scene di massa) in maniera nel complesso convincente le atmosfere infuocate e sanguinanti da cui l’opera è pervasa"
Carlo Dore jr.Opera Click
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly / Macerata Opera Festival
"Massimo Zanetti in Madama Butterfly ottiene sonorità ben definite nei timbri e nei colori..."
Enrico GirardiCorriere della Sera
Concert with Jessica Pratt
"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."
Bellini’s Norma / Opéra Royal de Wallonie
"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
"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
"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
"The orchestra, as conducted by the atomic Massimo Zanetti, was spectacular."
Garrett HarrisSan Diego Reader
“Verdi nos acompaña en una nueva aproximación a la vida”
"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
"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..."
Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera & Requiem / San Diego Opera
"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
"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."
Verdi’s I due foscari / Gran Teatre del Liceu
"Gran tasca la de Massimo Zanetti, expressiu i àgil en el marcatge melòdic..."
Andreu Martínez MiretNúvol
Bizet’s Carmen / Teatro alla Scala
"Istituendo un filo con la regia della Dante dove ogni gesto svela un’idea e la sua forza teatrale primigenia imperversa in sincronia con la musica, liberando una bellezza radicale e arcana che può togliere ancora il fiato."
Angelo FolettoLa Repubblica
Carmen non è un’operetta
"Certamente Verdi e Puccini sono nel mio sangue, a loro sarò sempre fedele, anche perché il cammino della conoscenza dei loro rispettivi capolavori è infinito, non basta una vita per anche solo cominciare a coglierne appieno profondità ed intenti. Ma non appena mi sarà possibile, vorrei continuare ad approfondirei lo studio del repertorio tardo-romantico tedesco e francese."
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly / ABAO-OLBE
"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
"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."
Verdi’s Luisa Miller / Opéra Royal de Wallonie
"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
"Maestro Massimo Zanetti and his baton are expert in Verdian repertoire."
Michèle FricheLe Soir
Verdi’s Requiem / San Diego Opera
"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
"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
"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