One of the most distinctive and dynamic conductors of his generation, Hannu Lintu continues his tenure as chief conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The appointment followed a series of hugely successful collaborations with the company — including Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in 2016, Sibelius’s Kullervo in 2017, Berg’s Wozzeck in 2019, and Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in 2020 — and reflects Lintu’s shifting focus into the field of opera. In the past season he conducted R. Strauss’s Salome and Britten’s Billy Budd. This season’s productions will include the majority of the house’s rescheduled performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which will recommence with Die Walküre in September 2022.
Lintu recently completed his eighth and final season as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor. Highlights included Schumann’s Faust Szenen, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, and the second-ever FRSO Festival — devoted in 2019 to new and large-scale works by national composer Magnus Lindberg. Guest highlights of the 2022–23 season include his highly anticipated debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Naples Philharmonic and St. Louis and BBC Symphony orchestras. Lintu also guest conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Recent engagements include debuts with the Bavarian Radio and BBC symphony orchestras and returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Radio France, and DSO Berlin.
Lintu has received several accolades for his recordings, including two ICMA Awards for Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019) and works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter (2018). He received a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for his recording of Lutosławski’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, and a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Opera CD for Rautavaara’s Kaivos. He received Gramophone Award nominations for his recordings of Enescu’s Symphony No. 2 with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Violin Concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the recording of Magnus Lindberg’s orchestral works Aura and Marea and the chamber work Related Rocks with the FRSO is nominated for the 2022 Gramophone Award in the Contemporary category.
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