Daniele Rustioni is one of the most compelling conductors of both opera and symphonic works of his generation. Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon since September 2017 he is at the helm of the Ulster Orchestra in the UK as Chief Conductor starting from this season 2019/20. He is also the Principal Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana, a position he has held since 2011.
Rustioni is in-demand worldwide as a versatile conductor of symphonic music. In January 2019, Maestro Rustioni made his American orchestral conducting debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he will be back in March 2021. He has conducted all major Italian symphony orchestras and is a regular guest of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Hallé Orchestra in the UK. His international orchestral engagements during the season 2019/20 include the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, the return to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the debut with the Orchestre de Paris in June 2020.
Maestro Rustioni has made regular appearances in Japan since his debut conducting Madama Butterfly at the Nikkikai Opera in 2014, including performances with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In May 2018, he returned to Japan for concerts with the Osaka Philharmonic and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Rustioni’s third season as Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon began with a new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell in October 2019, and continued with Verdi’s Ernani performed in Lyon and at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, in addition to the revival of the new production of Puccini’s Tosca, premièred at the Aix-en-Provence Festival during the Summer of 2019.
Maestro Rustioni has been engaged by many of the major international opera houses including Bayerische Staatsoper, La Scala, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro La Fenice, Royal Opera House London, Opernhaus Zürich, Oper Stuttgart and Opéra Bastille. In April 2017 he made his critically acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera, which immediately invited him for future engagements. In April 2019, Maestro Rustioni made his debut with the Teatro Real Madrid conducting Laurent Pelly’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff. During the season 2019/20 he will conduct for the first time Otello at the Opernhaus Zurich and also Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Stuttgart Opera.
Daniele Rustioni’s extensive and varied discography includes Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini for Opera Rara with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the premiere recording of Wolf-Ferrari’s Violin Concerto on Deutsche Grammophon with Francesca Dego and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. A recording project for Sony Classical dedicated to the works of the 20th-century Italian symphonic composers had included three releases of works by Federico Ghedini, Goffredo Petrassi and Alfredo Casella.
In 2013 Daniele Rustioni received the International Opera Award for Best Newcomer of the Year.