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Daniele Gatti

Daniele Gatti became Music Director of the Orchestre National de France in September 2008, succeeding Kurt Masur. In September 2009 he assumes the position of Chef Dirigent of the Zurich Opera. Mr. Gatti was Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996 to 2009, Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from 1992 to 1997, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden between 1994 and 1997 and Music Director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna from 1997 to 2007. He has also been named ‘Accademico’ of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In 2005 the Italian critics awarded him the Abbiati Prize.

Daniele Gatti has conducted some of the world’s finest orchestras and is a regular guest conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerische Rundfunk, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony orchestras. He has close relationships with the Vienna State Opera and with La Scala. In Vienna he has conducted several new productions (Simon Boccanegra in 2002, Moses und Aaron and Otello in 2006, Boris Godunov in 2007). At La Scala he has conducted Lohengrinin 2007, Wozzeck in 2008 and Don Carlo, which inaugurated their 2008/09 season.

Mr. Gatti begins the 2009 - 2010 season on tour in Japan with La Scala conductingDon Carlo. At La Scala in Milan he conducts Alban Berg’s Lulu in April 2010 and travels with this production to the Vienna Festwochen in June 2010. A new production of Macbeth marks his return with the Vienna State Opera in December 2009. Strauss’ Elektra is his first assignment as Chef Dirigent of the Zurich Opera in January 2010, and he also conducts a new production of this opera at the 2010 Salzburg Festival. During the summer of 2010 he returns to the Bayreuth Festival for performances of Parsifal, with which he opened the 2008 Festival. In October 2009 he conducts Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut conducting a new production of Madama Butterfly in 1994.

Mr. Gatti opens the Festwochen in Vienna with concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic in May 2010 and tours with the orchestra in Europe. He conducts the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and on tour and conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. Throughout the season he has numerous concerts with the Orchestre National de France, both in Paris and on tour, and he also leads them in a production of Falstaff at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Daniele Gatti has made several recordings for BMG/RCA Red Seal, including the music of Rossini, Mahler, Prokofiev, Bartók and Respighi. He has recorded Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies for Harmonia Mundi.

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