Luisi's term with Dallas Symphony extended through 2028-29
Luisis contract as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra was extended for five years through the 2028-29 season. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)DALLAS – Fabio Luisi’s contract as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra was extended for five years through the 2028-29 season on Wednesday. Luisi, who turns 61 on Jan. 17, was hired in June 2018 to start as music director with the 2020-21 season. He succeeded Jaap van Zweden (2008-18), who became music director of the New York Philharmonic. Luisi is in his final season as general music director of the Zurich Opera, a role he has held since 2012.
Dallas Symphony among 1st US orchestras to return
Fabio Luisi never expected his first performance as Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director to be in a mostly empty Meyerson Symphony Center. Dallas becomes among the first large U.S. classical organization to return from the layoff caused by COVID-19. "Its kind of emotional for people since theyve had it taken away from them for so long.The Dallas Symphony cut its budget to about $33 million from nearly $40 million. Also principal conductor for the Danish National Symphony, Luisi formerly held positions with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Symphony, Dresdens Staatskapelle and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. The Dallas Symphony is unsure what audience will be permitted for Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker that starts Nov. 27.