Patrick Fournillier has a career marked by great international prizes and experiences conducting the most important works of the symphonic and lyric repertoires with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras (Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Berlin, Zürich, Munich, Oslo, Valencia, Amsterdam, Salzburg Festival, Metropolitan Opera in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, and others).
Following his debut at the Paris Opera House, he became music director of the Massenet Festival. Regarded as one of the best specialists in French and Italian music, he headed the Toscanini Symphony Orchestra in Parma (Italy) for six years, conducting mostly Verdi works.
Recent engagements include Teatro alla Scala for Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac with Plácido Domingo, Nice Opera for Manon, Zürich Opera for Faust, Berlin Staatsoper for Verdi’s Don Carlo, the Ravenna Festival for Verdi’s La Traviata, Münich Staatsoper for Werther, Stockholm for Samson & Dalila, Antwerp for Turandot, Valencia for Iphigénie en Tauride and Thaïs (with Plácido Domingo), Dresden Staashapelle for Don Giovanni and The Damnation of Faust, Sydney Opera for Werther, Paris-Châtelet for Cyrano de Bergerac, Washington for The Marriage of Figaro and Hamlet, the Metropolitan Opera for The Tales of Hoffmann, Stuttgart for Lucia di Lammermoor and Carmen, Valencia for Manon, Regio di Torino for Rigoletto and La Traviata, Strasbourg for Hamlet, Warsaw for Turandot and a gala concert for the European Union, Oman for the inauguration of the Royal Opera House of Muscat with Carmen, Chicago for Lucia di Lammermoor and Werther, and Seattle for La voix humaine and Suor Angelica. He performed at La Scala, with the Milano Symphony Orchestra La Verdi, at the San Francisco Opera (Manon), Helsinki Opera (Il Trovatore, Tosca, and The Tales of Hoffmann), Beijing NCPA and Madrid (Thaïs with Plàcido Domingo).
Patrick Fournillier has conducted many symphonic concerts in London, Oslo, Milano, Zürich, Prague, Amsterdam, Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin, Vienna, Washington, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Moscow, and St Petersburg.
For the Polish National Opera Patrick Fournillier prepared the premiere of Pelléas & Mélisande, conducted Rigoletto and Tosca, and performed Aida with the company at the Dubai Opera.
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