General Manager Carlo Fuortes has named Maestro Daniele Gatti the new Music Director of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, with a three-year tenure, until December 31, 2021. The orchestra director’s first presence with the Theater was at the Inauguration of the 2016-17 Season with Tristan und Isolde. He returned to the podium for Opening Night on December 12, 2017 with La Damnation de Faust, and again for the Inauguration of the 2018-19 Season this past Sunday with Rigoletto. Beginning with the 2019-20 Season, the Conductor is scheduled to direct three operas per season.
Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome and President of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Foundation underscored how, “the prestige of the Opera di Roma, which has grown in recent years thanks to our shared commitment, is enhanced by the presence of Mr. Gatti, recognized as one of the greatest orchestral directors the world over. I am very happy about his return to our city and about the excellent work he will do at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.”
“I am happy and proud of this nomination”, stated General Manager Carlo Fuortes. This will complete our plan to revive the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, which I have been committed to for the past four years since my tenure first began. Daniele Gatti’s extraordinary artistic career, the results he has achieved in the direction of the operas we have entrusted to him, and the reciprocal establishment of trust he has nurtured with the orchestra and with the chorus assure me to have made the right choice in respecting the Theater’s best interests. Over the past few years, the Opera di Roma has acquired an ever-greater esteem from its audiences and its critics. This is merit of the teamwork within the Theater and of the artists that have collaborated with us. Our orchestra and chorus have missed the figure of absolute value that a director can offer in maintaining a superior level as well as a continuous, working rapport – Daniele Gatti will be able to excel in doing just this.
“It is an honor for me,” said Maestro Daniele Gatti, “to be able to embrace this new role at the Teatro dell’Opera in my nation’s capital. Upon General Manger Carlo Fuortes’ invitation two years ago, I set out on a journey with the musicians and all those who work in the Theater, which has given us great satisfaction. Together we brought two works to life, Tristan und Isolde and La Damnation de Faust¸ which won the Abbiati Prize; and, we have just inaugurated this season with a new Rigoletto. I am particularly happy to be able to intensify my work here and link myself to a theater that has recently distinguished itself for the outstanding quality of its projects and the work of all the people involved in realizing them.