Musical Director of the Opéra de Lyon, Daniele Rustioni received the award for Conductor of the Year 2022 at the International Opera Awards ceremony which took place on Monday November 28 at the Teatro Real in Madrid. A well-deserved prestigious award for Daniele Rustioni. Appointed principal conductor of the Opéra de Lyon in 2017, he has been the musical director since this season.
Verdi, Britten, Strauss, Rossini, Puccini, Berlioz or Massenet, Rimsky-Korsakov. These world-renowned composers, Daniele Rustioni knows them well, on the tip of his fingers and the tip of his stick. Appointed principal conductor of the Opéra de Lyon in 2017, then musical director, the 39-year-old Milanese received the prize of Conductor of the year 2022 during the ceremony of International Opera Awards which took place this Monday, November 28 at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Founded in 2012, the International Opera Awards are called the “Oscars” of opera. They are named by a jury of professionals from the opera world, interpreted by John Allison, editor-in-chief of the magazine Opera.
Daniele Rustioni conducted La Juive (Halévy), the War Requiem (Britten), Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlos, Macbeth, Falstaff and Rigoletto (Verdi), A Night in Venice (Johann Strauss), Mefistofele (Boito), The Enchantress (Tchaikovsky) , Guillaume Tell (Rossini), Tosca (Puccini), Béatrice and Benoît (Berlioz), Le Coq d’or (Rimski-Korsakov). In concert, Ernani, Attila and Nabucco (Verdi), Werther and Manon (Massenet) hold no secrets for him. At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2021, he conducted Le Coq d’or, Falstaff and, in concert, I Due Foscari by Verdi. Then in 2022, Moses and Pharaoh (Rossini). At the Salzburg Festival 2022 he conducted Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti).
Prestigious training in Milan and London
It was in 2007 that his career started. Daniele Rustioni studied in Milan, before perfecting his skills at the Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teacher at the time offered him his first opportunity as a conductor by having him join the orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin. From 2011 to 2020, he conducts, still in Italy, the Orchestra della Toscana as guest conductor and then as principal conductor.
From Lyon to the NYC Metropolitan: a very complete chef
This season in Lyon, he conducts Tannhäuser, Hérodiade en concert, Moïse et Pharaon and Verdi’s Requiem at the Nuits de Fourvière. Elsewhere, among others, The Girl from the Far West at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Falstaff (Verdi) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Daniele Rustioni has also conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, etc. He is also musical director of the Orchestra of Tuscany and the Ulster Orchestra in the United Kingdom.
At the same time, thanks to its commitment to an environmental transition process, the Opéra de Lyon announces that it has just been nominated for the “Sustainability award 2022” (Sustainable development). In March 2022, the Opéra de Lyon carried out a new carbon assessment and defined its environmental trajectory for the coming years, thus setting itself the objective of reducing its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.