Fabio Luisi Conductor
Robert Dean Smith tenor
Anna Larsson alt
Anna Larsson made her international debut in Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado in 1997. In her capacity as a Mahler specialist, the Swedish contralto has since performed with nearly all the leading orchestras and conductors. Yet her wide-ranging repertoire, which she performs with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, is evidence that her reputation as such does her only partial justice. Larsson is also in high demand at such opera houses as the Bavarian State Opera and Covent Garden, where she collaborates with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle.
Born in Kansas, USA, Robert Dean Smith studied at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University with Margaret Thuenemann, at the Juilliard School in New York City with Daniel Ferro, and with Professor Janice Harper in Europe. Like many dramatic tenors, he began his career as a baritone and sang for several years in German opera houses. His excellent training and stage versatility allow him to sing a wide variety of repertoire in many different languages and styles. Since his spectacular debut at the Richard Wagner Bayreuth Festival 1997 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger, Robert Dean Smith is singing in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. An acclaimed interpreter of dramatic and Heldentenor roles, his engagements in theaters and concert halls around the world with the conductors Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and Daniele Gatti, confirm his status as one of today's most renowned singers.
Born in 1959, Fabio Luisi is principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and general music director of the Zurich Opera. His tenure as chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, a post he had held since 2005, concluded in 2013. Luisi is Principal Conductor designate of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2017. After studying piano at the conservatory in his hometown of Genoa, Luisi went on to study with Aldo Ciccolini. He became interested in conducting and studied with Milan Horvat in Graz. Luisi was soon appointed conductor of the Graz Opera and Symphony Orchestra. Appointments with German, Austrian and Swiss orchestras, including Semperoper and Staatskapelle Dresden, followed. Luisi says that, as a conductor, he does not wish to impose his own interpretation on to the composer’s intentions, seeing himself merely as a performer of his work. Indeed, it is for that reason that he has no desire to study composition. ‘I am not a creator,’ he says. Be that as it may, this attitude has not kept him from leading the greatest orchestras in the world – including the Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – in the world’s leading concert halls.