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 the season 2019/20. In September 2021 he started the tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Bavarian State Opera. Between 2014 and 2020 he has also been the Music Director of the Orchestra della Toscana, where he presently serves as Artistic Director.
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 and returns in 2021/22 season to conduct for the first time the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has already conducted all major Italian symphony orchestras, including the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala and is a regular guest of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and of the Hallé Orchestra in the UK. His international orchestral engagements include the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
As Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon, Daniele Rustioni conducts two new productions each season and is regular guest of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris – where he has opened the season 2021/22 with Manon by Massenet in concert version – as well as of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where he has been extensively present in summer 2021 conducting a new production of Falstaff directed by Barrie Kosky, a revival of Le coq d’or by Rimski-Korsakov and I due Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi in concert version.
Maestro Rustioni has been engaged by many of the major international opera houses including La Scala, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro La Fenice, Opernhaus Zürich, Stuttgart State Opera, Teatro Real Madrid and Opéra Bastille in Paris. He has developed a very strong relationship with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, where he made his debut in 2011 and became a regular presence: in 2021/22 season he conducts two very important Verdi’s productions of Macbeth and Otello. Daniele Rustioni made his critically acclaimed debut in April 2017 conducting Aida with the Metropolitan Opera, and immediately became one of the favorite conductors: during the season 2021/22 he leads a new production of Rigoletto and a revival of Le nozze di Figaro, but plans are consolidating his presence for the years to come.
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.
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. With the Ulster Orchestra and Chandos he will embark an exciting new venture, continuing the exploration of the Italian symphonic repertoire of the XX century under the label “Musica Italiana”.