NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Fabio Luisi will become principal guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, the second conductor to hold the post in Met history.
Valery Gergiev held the post from 1998 to 2008.
A native of Genoa, Italy, Luisi will take up the position beginning with the 2010-11 season, company general manager Peter Gelb and music director James Levine announced.
In the current season, Luisi has conducted Elektra, Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, and Tosca. He will lead the revival of Alban Berg's Lulu in May, performances Levine was originally scheduled to conduct, but was forced to bow out of due to recent back surgery.
Luisi is currently chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony and artistic director of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He served as general music director of Dresden State Opera and Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra from 2007 to 2010.
He made his Met debut in 2005 in Verdi's opera Don Carlo.