A New Conductor for the OPMC in Monaco

Appointment of a new Artistic and Musical Director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

Gianluigi Gelmetti, who was a student of Celibidache, Ferrara and Swarowski, began his career with the Berlin Philharmonia.  He performs all over the world as a guest conductor.  He was principal conductor of the Orchestra of the SDR (Stuttgart) for ten years, musical director of Rome Opera from 2000 to 2009 and artistic director and principal conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2009.  He regularly conducts at the Monte-Carlo Opera, where he was Musical Director of the orchestra from 1990-1991.

He has conducted all over the world during his international career.  In Italy, he has conducted many productions for the Rossini Opera Festival;  in 1999 he received a gold award for the opera William Tell.  He has won numerous other prizes, both operatic and symphonic:  the prestigious magazine Opernwelt acclaimed him "Best Conductor of the Year" for his interpretation of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro;  he won the Golden Book at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn;  the Japanese critic's prize for his performances of Beethoven;  the critic's prize for Rossini's Maometto II;  the Diapason d’Or in France for Berg and the Premio Verdi in Italy.  He has made recordings for EMI, Sony, Ricordi, Fonit, Teldec and others.  Among his most recent recordings are Bruckner's 6th Symphony, Rossini's Stabat Mater and DVDs of La forza del destino and Un ballo in maschera, which will be released in 2013 on the occasion of Verdi's anniversary.  He is also a composer – among his most-performed works are In Paradisum deducant te angeli (premièred by the Orchestra and Chorus of Rome Opera, then performed in London, Munich, Frankfurt, Budapest, Sydney and Stuttgart);  Algos (for Orchestra) (premièred in 1997 by the Munich Philharmonic), Prasanta Atma 1999, (commissioned in memory of Sergiu Celibidache) and Cantata della Vita for choir, solo cello and orchestra 2000, (commissioned by the Teatro Comunale, Bologna). 

He has directed Haydn's L’Isola disabitata, Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola, Mozart's Così fan tutte, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica as well as La Traviata and Tristan und Isolde.

Gianluigi Gelmetti was awarded the title of "Accademico" by l’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and has been the director of advanced classes in conducting at l'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna since 1997.  France awarded him the title of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters and the President of the Italian Republic made him a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, Italy's highest honorary title.

Just under a year ago, at the request of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti was asked to take up the position of "advisory conductor" at the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

After ten months of successful collaboration, interspersed with some very emotional moments, it was decided to confer the role of Artistic and Musical Director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra on Maestro Gelmetti.