Meet the new chief conductor, Lorenzo Viotti!

Meet the new chief conductor, Lorenzo Viotti!

Young, charismatic and immensely musical. This new conductor is anything but ordinary. As well as loving opera and classical music, he also enjoys an exhausting CrossFit session or a visit to a techno festival. Allow us to introduce Lorenzo Viotti, the new chief conductor of both Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera as from the 2021-2022 season.

Meteoric career

Before his 31st birthday, Viotti had already conducted renowned orchestras and opera houses throughout the world – from Staatskapelle Berlin to The Metropolitan Opera in New York – and won various international prizes. Being appointed as Chief Conductor of Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has taken his meteoric career to a new high: during the various programmes, he will conduct an 80-strong orchestra, the much-celebrated Choir of the Dutch National Opera and a range of top-class soloists. After his ‘glorious debut’ (De Volkskrant newspaper) with Dutch National Opera during the operatic diptych Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana in 2019, Viotti promises to raise opera and classical music to the very highest level during the seasons to come. An opportunity not to be missed!

Tradition and experiment

Viotti has set himself the goal of making classical music and opera more accessible to diverse audiences. ‘This means more than simply conducting. The things that go on around the podium and behind the scenes are also important. You must draw audiences into your world, otherwise our sector will bleed to death,’ he says. So Viotti aims to take his audiences on a musical voyage by talking to them and opening the doors to his rehearsals.

The young conductor is clear about his plans for the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra: ‘Back to basics, the classical repertoire.’ He is not afraid to speak his mind: ‘I say exactly what I think, but I always maintain respect for the musicians. We must nurture our interest in each other. It’s the same with a partner: if things become too comfortable, you lose interest and before you know it, you stop being lovers.’


Lorenzo Viotti cannot wait to meet you and introduce you to his world. A world where tradition meets new visions, a world you would not want to miss!

Concerts and operas conducted by Lorenzo Viotti

Lorenzo Viotti conducts Rossini and Strauss

Chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra take you to Italy with Rossini’s Overture Guillaime Tell and the grand symphony Aus Italien by R. Strauss.


25 & 26 Sep - The Concertgebouw

Lorenzo Viotti conducts Elgar and Mendelssohn

Chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti leads the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in a contrasting trilogy, with a modern work by Thomas Adès, the famous Cello concerto by Elgar and a much-loved classic by Felix Mendelssohn.


23 & 25 Sep - The Concertgebouw

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Der Zwerg

By choosing to make his debut Der Zwerg by the Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky – his most melodic, colourful and atmospheric score – Viotti seeks to share his fascination for this probing, dramatic work.


4 -18 Sep - Dutch natioanl Opera & Ballet

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Missa in tempore belli

Taking Haydn’s ‘Mass in time of war’ as its centrepiece, this special performance combines music theatre, dance, electronic composition and video.


6 - 21 Sep - Dutch National Opera & Ballet

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