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Kazushi Ono


Kazushi Ono


Described as “one of the most fascinating musical minds of our era” and “a phenomenon” (Le Figaro), Kazushi Ono has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon since the start of the 2008/09 season and is also Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini.

High profile positions have played an important part in Kazushi Ono’s career to date:  in 2002 he succeeded Antonio Pappano as Music Director of La Monnaie, Brussels and it was here that his debut production of Strauss's Elektra was described by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as “the miracle of Brussels”.  Kazushi Ono enjoyed six highly successful seasons at La Monnaie before moving to his current position at Opéra National de Lyon.

During his current tenure in Lyon new, award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions of Prokofiev’s The Gambler, Berg’s Lulu, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol et autres fables, Verdi’s Luisa Miller, Shostakovich’s The Nose, Wagner’s Parsifal and Verdi’s Macbeth have been staged.   Future productions that Kazushi Ono will conduct during the current season with the Opéra National de Lyon include Beethoven’s Fidelio and a double bill featuring Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero and Schönberg’s Erwartung.

In addition to these posts, Kazushi Ono is a guest conductor with some of the world’s leading international orchestras including Leipzig Gewandhaus; City of Birmingham Symphony; London, Rotterdam, Israel and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and BBC Symphony Orchestra along with radio orchestras such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The Finnish Radio Symphony and the German radio orchestras of Hamburg, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Cologne.  Orchestral highlights of the 2012/13 season include engagements with Boston, Montreal, Yomiuri Nippon and BBC Symphony Orchestras as well as concerts with La Monnaie, Brussels, a visit to Edinburgh Festival with the Opéra National de Lyon and an eight concert tour of Japan with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Kazushi Ono enjoys relationships with many of the world’s top opera houses and has more recently appeared as a guest conductor at Glyndebourne Festival (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, L'heure espagnole and Hänsel und Gretel), Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (Der fliegende Holländer), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Le Rossignol), Deutsche Oper, Berlin (Elektra), La Scala, Milan (Macbeth), Metropolitan Opera, New York (Der fliegende Holländer) and Opéra de Paris (Kol Roger).  He has a strong affection for the theatre and works not only with established opera directors such as Luc Bondy, Peter Stein, Laurent Pelly and David McVicar, but has also enjoyed collaborations with artists outside the traditional opera field such as the visual artist Jan Fabre, choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and film director François Girard.

A Grammy 2012 award winner (‘Diva Divo’: Joyce DiDonato with Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon), Kazushi Ono’s varied catalogue of CD recordings demonstrates his wide repertoire, ranging from Chin (Deutsche Grammophon), Gubaidulina, Britten, Turnage and Rihm to Shostakovich, Mahler, Strauss and Tchaikovsky.  Other recent recordings include a 2009 Decca DVD of the acclaimed production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel filmed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Glyndebourne as well as releases from the Opus Arte label featuring productions of Verdi’s Aida and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, both with La Monnaie, Brussels.  A DVD of the highly-successful 2012 production of the Ravel double bill L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges at Glyndebourne is scheduled to be released in May 2013.