“On behalf of the Teatro Real, I am delighted to welcome our future Music Director, whose is well known for his energy, style and virtuosity. We are looking forward to continue on the valuable collaboration of Nicola Luisotti. We have enjoyed great music experiences with Ivor Bolton over the years and will continue to do so over the next three seasons. I look forward with confidence to what the future holds for us with such excellent conductors,” said the President of the Teatro Real, Gregorio Marañón. The General Director of the Teatro Real, Ignacio García-Belenguer, said he was delighted to welcome Gustavo Gimeno as Music Director of the Teatro Real from the 2025/2026 season: “We are at a crucial moment after the challenges of the pandemic and knowing that we have the best team to develop our strategic plans for the next five years fills us with enthusiasm”, he said. “After the fantastic experience of the tour and the extraordinary results at the helm of El ángel de fuego this season, it has become clear that he is the ideal conductor to join the team of the Teatro Real. His energy and empathy with the artistic ensembles and the artistic direction of the Teatro Real are the best guarantee for the future of the institution. Moreover, having Nicola Luisotti as part of the team consolidates the model at the highest level”, added Matabosch, who emphasised that Ivor Bolton’s tenure has been “extraordinary” and that the Theatre will continue to count on him and Pablo Heras-Casado for some of the “great future artistic projects of the institution“.
Gustavo Gimeno stated: “I am so incredibly honoured that I will be the next Music Director of Teatro Real Madrid. Only a few months ago, I had the opportunity to conduct Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel there and enjoyed one of the most enriching musical experiences of my career. I cannot wait to start working intensively with all the fantastic artists and professionals who make Teatro Real one of the greatest opera houses in the world – as well as with their resident ensembles, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid and Intermezzo Choir. I will do all I can to serve this illustrious institution and uphold its reputation for the highest artistic standards. I could not be happier!“ he added about the news of his appointment.Nicola Luisotti has expressed what his link with the Real means to him: “I am delighted to continue my work with the Teatro Real which I love so much. This place has become de facto my family, and Madrid my city. This role of Director Emeritus is a great honour for me, but it also means something else to me: that I am getting older! But I am very happy to share my next years in this wonderful theatre with Joan Matabosch and with Gustavo Gimeno, who is a wonderful conductor and colleague”, he added.
Gustavo Gimeno has made numerous recordings with the Luxembourg Philharmonic for Pentatone, and his discography includes works by Rossini, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Mahler and Coll. He has recently signed an agreement with Harmonia Mundi, recording Rossini’s Stabat Mater as his debut. In the field of opera, Gimeno has directed productions at the Zurich Opera, Liceu de Barcelona, Palau de les Arts de Valencia and at the Teatro Real Madrid, where he made his debut with the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel this season, to great public and critical acclaim.