Oleg Caetani


Born: 1958
Russian-born conductor Oleg Caetani is half-Russian and half-Italian and was educated in both Italy and Russia; he is also fluent in five languages. He was a late protégé of Nadia Boulanger and is most readily associated with opera productions; his opera conducing debut was at the Berlin Staatsoper in 1981, and Caetani worked as assistant to conductor Otmar Suitner for several years. From the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s, Caetani held a variety of posts in Wiesbaden, Weimar, and Frankfurt while he further established his name through extensive guest conducting appearances. Caetani's first major appointment was as music director to the Chemnitz Opera in 1996, and he also served during this time with the Robert Schumann Philharmonic. In 2002, Caetani was named to the post of music director for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a position he decided to keep when he accepted the directorship of English National Opera (ENO) in September 2006.