Artistic Director

Gastón Fournier-Facio

Foto in primo piano

Gastón Fournier-Facio was born in Costa Rica, where he got a Master’s degree in History at the local university. In this institution he taught History of Culture (1969-1970) and History of Law (1970).
During the period 1970-1974, he held the position of Minister Counsellor and Consul General at the Embassy of Costa Rica in London.
He studied music in England, at the University of London, where he got a Diploma in History of Music (1974); and at the University of Sussex, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music (1977) and a Master of Arts in Music (1978).

He has held the position of Coordinatore Artistico in prestigious Italian music institutions:
1976-86 e 1989-1991: Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, next to its founder Hans Werner Henze
1988-1989: Biennale Musica di Venezia, together with its Director Sylvano Bussotti.
1982-1996: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, next to its Music Director Zubin Mehta.
1996-2007: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, next to Luciano Berio, Bruno Cagli, Myung-Whun Chung and Antonio Pappano.
2007-2014: Teatro alla Scala di Milano, with Stéphane Lissner and Daniel Barenboim.

He has organized many recordings (CDs and DVDs) with the orchestra and chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence) and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), as well as with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (conducted by Claudio Abbado), with labels like Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Decca, EMI, RCA-BMG, Musicom, Foné, Philips and EuroArts.

He has organized tours with the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and with the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Europe, South America, Oman, India and the Far East, with conductors like Zubin Mehta, Myung-Whun Chung, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniele Gatti and Antonio Pappano.

From 2007 to 2014 he organized all the co-productions of the Teatro alla Scala with the main theatres and festivals in Europe and America, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, l’Opéra de Paris, la Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the San Francisco Opera and The Metropolitan Opera.

He is the editor of the book Dialoghi su Musica e Teatro: Tristano e Isotta by Daniel Barenboim and Patrice Chéreau (Feltrinelli, 2008). He has published various texts on Gustav Mahler’s life and works for Electa, De Sono, The Boydell Press, and EDT. In 2010 (in the occasion of the 150° anniversary of the birth of the composer), he edited the volume Gustav Mahler. Il mio tempo verrà, for il Saggiatore (reprinted twice in 2011). In 2013, he edited the volume Henze a Montepulciano. In the same year, in the occasion of the Bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, he published, for il Saggiatore, L’inizio e la fine del mondo. Nuova Guida al “Ring” di Richard Wagner.

He has presented many multimedia lectures in Italy and abroad on Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini (together with Antonio Pappano), Berlioz, Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler and the music of our time.
He speaks Spanish, Italian, English, French and German.

In 2005, in consideration of his valuable work of diffusion of Austrian music and in particular that of Gustav Mahler, the Austrian Government awarded him the Ehrenkreuz für Kunst und Wissenschaft (Cross of Honour for Art and Science).

From October 2014 he holds the position of Artistic Director at the Teatro Regio di Torino.