Daniele Rustioni

At the age of 33, Daniele Rustioni is one of the most exciting conductors of his generation, having received the 2013 International Opera Award for Best Newcomer of the Year. Maestro Rustioni was recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon beginning in the 2017 – 2018 season, and is presently the Principal Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana. In the 2016 – 2017 season, Maestro Rustioni makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera conducting performances of Aida.

Daniele Rustioni regularly conducts at the most important Italian opera houses such as Teatro Regio Torino, La Fenice in Venice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. He made his opera debut in 2008 at the age of 25 conducting Cavalleria rusticana at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg. He debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in October 2012 with La bohème and returned to the theater in July 2013 to conduct a new production of Un ballo in maschera and again in February 2014 for Il trovatore. In March 2011, Maestro Rustioni made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden conducting Verdi’s Aida. In the United Kingdom, Maestro Rustioni has also conducted at Opera North and at the Welsh National Opera, where he returned in the fall of 2013 to lead new productions of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux. He made his U.S. debut at the Glimmerglass Festival in the summer of 2011 conducting Cherubini’s Medea and returned to the United States for his debut at the Washington National Opera in March 2013 conducting Norma.

During the 2014 – 2015 seasons, Maestro Rustioni debuted at the Opera House in Stuttgart, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Opernhaus Zurich and the Opéra National de Paris, while in the previous season, he made debuts at the Opéra National de Lyon for a new production of Simon Boccanegra and at the Bayerische Staatsoper for Madama Butterfly.

Daniele Rustioni graduated from the Milan Conservatory, where he studied the organ, piano and composition. He studied conducting with Gilberto Serembe and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena under Gianluigi Gelmetti. In 2007, he was personally invited by Gianandrea Noseda to make his debut at the Teatro Regio Torino. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and again at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Maestro Rustoni benefited from the guidance of Maestro Antonio Pappano.

Alongside his career as a conductor of opera, Maestro Rustioni is a frequent conductor of symphonic music. In addition to his collaboration with the Orchestra della Toscana, he has led the best Italian orchestras including the Filarmonica della Scala, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. He has conducted the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Montecarlo. In October 2015, he made his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and was immediately invited to appear again in the 2016/17 season.

In 2014, Maestro Rustioni conducted Madama Butterfly at the Nikkikai Opera for his Japanese debut, followed by symphonic concerts with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. In summer of 2016, he made his first appearances at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center and with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He will return to Japan in February 2017 to conduct Tosca at the Nikkikai Opera and to lead concerts with the Toyko Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, the 2016 – 2017 season sees Maestro Rustioni return to the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden for La traviata, the Opéra National de Paris for Rigoletto, Opernhaus Zurich for Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci and Opéra National de Lyon to conduct Johann Strauss’ Eine Nacht in Venedig and the theater’s New Year’s Eve concert.

Maestro Rustioni’s discography includes Erwin Schrott’s Opera Arias album, for which he led the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. A multi-year three recording project with Sony Classical dedicated to the works of the 20th-century Italian symphonic and opera composers has started with the recent release of works by Federico Ghedini. The next two recordings will feature composers such as Petrassi and Casella.