Lorenzo Viotti Is Dutch National Opera’s Next Chief Conductor

By David Salazar

Lorenzo Viotti has been named the next chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Opera and Dutch National Opera.

The 29-year-old Swiss maestro, who is the son of the late conductor Marcello Viotti, will take over the position currently occupied by Marc Albrecht; Albrecht is set to step down in after the 2019-20 season.

Viotti has performed all around the world at many of Europe’s top opera houses, including the Semperoper Dresden, the Tokyo Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Teatro la Fenice, the Stadttheater Kagenfurt, the Opéra de Lyon, the Zurich Opera, and the Oper Frankfurt, among others.

He is set take on Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera in a future season and is set to open the Dutch National Opera in operas by Verdi and Puccini.

“When I first saw Lorenzo Viotti conduct a symphonic concert I was immediately impressed by the special connection and chemistry he shared with the musicians, allowing for unique music-making,” noted Sophie de Lint, director of the Dutch National Opera. “Later, when I witnessed Lorenzo working on ‘Werther’ at the Zurich Opera, it became crystal clear to me that he would be the ideal musical partner for Dutch National Opera. I look forward to collaborating with this exceptionally gifted maestro and to accompanying him throughout his new artistic journey at DNO.”