Diego FasolisConductor

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Highlights

  • Teatro alla Scala – Il Turco in Italia, La Finta giardiniera, Idomeneo, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del DisingannoTamerlano
  • Salzburg Festival – Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride
  • Berlin State Opera – Monteverdi: L’Incoronazione di Poppea
  • Teatro La Fenice – Vivaldi: Orlando furioso, Dorilla in Tempe, Ottone in villa
  • Musikverein Vienna – Beethoven: 9th Symphony
  • Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Versailles Royal Opera – Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice
  • Shanghai Grand Theatre – Mozart: La Finta giardiniera, Die Zauberflöte
  • Lausanne Opera – Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, La Clemenza di Tito; Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice; Meyerbeer: Gli Amori di Teolinda
  • Zurich Opera – Rossini: Le Comte Ory
  • Monte Carlo Opera – Bellini: Norma
  • Teatro Regio Turin – Mozart: Così fan tutte
  • More than 120 recordings released by major international labels such as EMI-Virgin, Universal Music, Warner Classics and Naïve Grammy Awards, Diapason d’Or and Echo Klassik for his recordings with Cecilia Bartoli and Martha Argerich among others

La Scala is serious about promoting early opera, and in conductor Diego Fasolis it has a valuable asset. The house orchestra’s regular players on period instruments, mixed in with musicians from Fasolis’s own group, play with a freshness, drive and florid vitality that is utterly arresting. (Financial Times)

Biography

Diego Fasolis studied in Zurich, Paris and Cremona where he obtained four diplomas with distinction. He began his career in the 80s as a concert organist, performing regularly complete works by Bach, Buxtehude, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Franck and Liszt.

Having acquired worldwide recognition, Maestro Fasolis was appointed Chief conductor of the Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles of Swiss Radio and Television in 1993. In 1998 he began conducting I Barocchisti, a Baroque orchestra with period instruments, which he founded with his wife Adriana Fasolis-Brambilla. After her premature death in 2013 he established a charitable foundation in her name to support young musicians. He also works as a guest teacher with leading groups and singers internationally.

Diego Fasolis is renowned as an interpreter of historically informed music. His versatility and virtuosity are combined with a rigorous style which is highly appreciated by the public and by international critics and press both in Europe and in the US.

He has been working with the acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Bartoli since 2011 and has been involved in projects including audio and video recordings as well as major concert tours around the world. Their latest project is dedicated to the works of Italian and German composers discovered in the St. Petersburg archives. Maestro Fasolis also conducted Bellini’s Norma in Monte Carlo featuring Cecilia Bartoli in the title role.

A regular guest at the Salzburg Festival for concerts and opera engagements, the latest being Iphigenie en Tauride, Diego Fasolis conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Vienna Musikverein, with the Concentus Musicus Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir.

In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music.

He has conducted at some of the most prestigious opera houses including La Scala (La Finta giardiniera, Idomeneo, Il Turco in Italia, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Tamerlano), Teatro Regio Torino (Così fan tutte), Teatro La Fenice (Orlando furioso, Dorilla in Tempe, Ottone in villa), Berlin Staatsoper (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Versailles Royal Opera (Orphée et Eurydice), Zurich Opernhaus (Le Comte Ory), Lausanne Opera (La Clemenza di Tito, Orphée et Eurydice, Gli Amori di Teolinda), Shanghai Grand Theatre (La Finta giardiniera, Die Zauberflöte).

With more than 120 CDs released by major international recording companies such as EMI-Virgin, Naïve, Universal Music and Warner Classics, Maestro Fasolis received numerous prizes for his commitment in the rediscovery of the operatic repertoire: the Disco d’Oro, the Grand Prix du Disque for his work on Handel and Vivaldi, and the Echo Klassik for the opera Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci. In 2014 and 2015 he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for both the triumphant “Mission” project with works by Agostino Steffani and the “St. Petersburg” project with Cecilia Bartoli.

La Scala entrusted him with the creation of an orchestra using period instruments to perform Handel’s Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. In 2017 he conducted Tamerlano with Placido Domingo at the Teatro alla Scala.

In 2019 Maestro Fasolis has been nominated for “Conductor of the Year” at The International Opera Awards.

Recent and future engagements include Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at Opéra Angers-Nantes and Opéra de Nantes, Rossini’s Maometto II at Naples Teatro San Carlo, Mozart’s Zauberflöte at Teatro Regio Torino, Bellini’s Norma at Lausanne Opera.

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