Daniele Gatti has been the music director of the Orchestre National de France since September 2008. Prior to this appointments, he was the music director of the Royal Philharmonic (1996–2009), principal conductor of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1992–97), principal guest conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1994–97), music director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (1997–2007), and principal conductor at the Zurich Opera House (2009-2012).
Daniele Gatti has conducted many new productions at leading opera houses all over the world, including the Vienna State Opera (Simon Boccanegra, Moses und Aron, Otello and Boris Godunov), La Scala Milan (Lohengrin, Wozzeck, Don Carlo and Lulu), the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Aida and Fidelio), the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Otello, Falstaff), the Zurich Opera House (Falstaff, Parsifal, Otello, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Mathis der Maler) and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he made his debut in a new production of Madama Butterfly in 1994, and where he returned February 2013 for an acclaimed new production of Parsifal. In December 2013 he opens the new season at La Scala with La traviata, closing appointment of the bicentenary Verdi’s celebrations.
Maestro Gatti is one of the few Italian conductors ever invited to the Festival of Bayreuth, where he opened the 2008 festival edition with a new production of Parsifal (repeated every year until 2010). After Elektra in 2010, he returned to the Salzburg Festival in 2012 to conduct Bohème and Meistersinger in 2013.
From 2009 to 2011 with the Orchestre National de France, Gatti conducted the Mahler Cycle at the Theatre du Chatelet, Parsifal in concert version, and the Beethoven Cycle in combination with five new commissions of French contemporary composers. He has toured with the Orchestre National de France in North America, Spain, Italy, Austria, England, as well as Germany, and in the 13-14 season he will conduct a complete Tchaikovsky Cycle and celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Orchestre which was founded in 1934.
This season Maestro Gatti will conduct in Munich with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, in London with the London Symphony, in New York at Carnegie Hall for a concert version of Wozzeck with the Vienna State Opera, and in concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He will appear for the first time at the Dutch National Opera for Falstaff with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and also in Salzburg with an opera and two symphonic concerts.
Daniele Gatti is Grande ufficiale al merito della Repubblica Italiana and Chevalier des arts et des lettres de la Republique française.
He is also an exclusive artist with Sony. His first two Sony recordings with the Orchestre National de France, dedicated to Debussy and Stravinsky, were released in 2012 and 2013.