Zanetti is an electrifying and energetic conductor, who also understands how to charm with the most evocative lyricism.

- Codelario

Zanetti, who maintains a high-profile international career in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls, is the Music Director of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic, one of the major symphonic orchestras in South Korea. 

As a guest conductor on the operatic stage, he has appeared internationally in renowned settings such as the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris Bastille, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, among many others.

Zanetti will bring in the season of Graeme Murphy’s incandescent production about Puccini’s alluring heroine Butterfly.

In her exotic embrace, the character Pinkerton finds paradise, then carelessly condemns his bride to purgatory.

Murphy’s contemporary look at Puccini’s masterpiece draws on his roots in choreography to capture the grace and magnitude of a tale that begins in rapturous love and ends in heartbreak.

Puccini’s sublime music imbues the ageless story with beauty, from the famous aria One Fine Day to the intense finale.

Two outstanding casts have been assembled for the season, with the star role of Cio-Cio-San being shared by sopranos Karah Son and Mariana Hong.

Zanetti, who will conduct the production until July 6, will be followed by conductors Nicholas Milton, Brian Castles-Onion and Tahu Matheson.

For more information visit Opera Australia’s website.