Sound And Emotion

Despite being on a diet, the maestro is running late from lunch. Yesterday it was Lucio's fine dining in Paddington ("wonderful"); today something "very light. I am trying to lose weight," says Gianluigi Gelmetti, the reigning musical head of the Rome Opera and new chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony. Finally he arrives at the Sydney Opera House in true Italian style, accompanied by a translator and publicist, among others. After a few minutes of tentative English, he warms up to his subject. "I think it's a very important moment," he says of the coming Verdi Requiem -...

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