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Performer: Kazushi Ono


Kazushi Ono is Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. In 2016 he became Artistic Consultant to the New National Theatre Tokyo, a position that he will hold until September 2018, after which he will become the Theatre’s Artistic Director of Opera.

He was formerly General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Music Director of La Monnaie in Brussels, Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. From 2008 to 2017, Kazushi Ono maintained his position as Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon, during which he attracted international critical acclaim with landmark performances of works such as Prokofiev’s The Gamblers, Berg’s Lulu and Wagner’s Parsifal, thus reinforcing the company’s reputation for creating a series of new productions, including the compelling double bill of Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero and Schoenberg’s Erwartung (2013); Beethoven’s Fidelio, in Lyon and at the Edinburgh International Festival (2013); Britten’s Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw(2014); Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande , Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (2015), and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2016).

Following his tenure as Principal Conductor in Lyon, he was awarded ‘Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by French cultural minister Françoise Nyssen, a further distinguished title adding to the prestigious Asahi Prize, given in January 2015, for his contribution to Japanese society. This award distinguishes individuals who have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Japanese culture and society at large.


BarcelonaBeethoven250 II: Ono dirige la Quinta

© © Christian Stelling
Beethoven, Parra
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Michaela Kaune; Georg Nigl

BarcelonaBeethove250 III: El triple concierto

Beethove250 III: El triple concierto
Sotelo, Beethoven
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Kazushi Ono; Guy Braunstein; Alisa Weilerstein; Inon Barnatan; Joan Enric Lluna

GenevaOSR / Kazushi Ono / Elisabeth Leonskaja

Brahms, Beethoven, Dvořák
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Kazushi Ono; Elisabeth Leonskaja

GenevaOSR / Kazushi Ono / Elisabeth Leonskaja

Brahms, Beethoven
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Kazushi Ono; Corinne Schneider; Elisabeth Leonskaja

SeoulSalzburg, St Petersburg and Seoul

Pagh-Paan, Mozart, Mussorgsky
Seoul Philharmonic; Kazushi Ono
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Johanna war bloß und begraben: Romeo Castelluccis Inszenierung einer Legende

© stofleth
Mit einer neuen und revolutionären Inszenierung von Romeo Castellucci, zeigt die Oper Lyon eine radikale Analyse einer ideologisch oft missbrauchten Figur. Kazushi Onos mitfühlende Regie wandelte Arthur Honegger und Paul Claudels Werk in etwas Erhabenes, ohne die geheimnisvolle Spiritualität zu verlieren.

L’émouvant dépouillement de Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher de La Monnaie

Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher à La Monnaie © B. Uhlig
Castellucci s'approprie le mystère musical de Honegger et Claudel dans un spectacle stupéfiant, servi par la fabuleuse comédienne Audrey Bonnet. 

Czech lyricism and fervour from the LSO and Kazushi Ono

Kazushi Ono conducts the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican

Kazushi Ono and LSO forces go with the flow in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass after a relatively uninspiring first half.


Ono/OBC: Compelling Respighi and Bartók, disappointing Brahms

Kazushi Ono © Miyoshi Eisuke
It's a game of two halves in Barcelona from Kazushi Ono and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

Turandot in Tokyo: A bold reimagining of the ending

Irene Theorin (Turandot), Eri Nakamura (Liù) and Teodor Ilincăi (Calaf) © Masahiko Terashi / New National Theatre, Tokyo 2019
Alex Ollé focuses in the princess's trauma to provide a back story for Puccini’s problematic last opera; Eri Nakamura captivates the New National Theatre audience.