Gastón Fournier-Facio

Artistic Coordinator

He was born in Costa Rica, where he got a Master’s degree in History at the local university. He then pursued his musical studies in England, at the University of Sussex, where he was awarded a Master’s degree in Musicology.

After holding the position of Minister Counsellor and Consul General at the Embassy of Costa Rica in London, he has devoted himself to the activity of Artistic Coordinator at prestigious Italian opera and symphonic institutions:

- Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano (founded by Hans Werner Henze)
- Biennale Musica di Venezia (during the two-year period directed by Sylvano Bussotti)
- Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Music Director: Zubin Mehta)
- Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (where he has worked next to Luciano Berio, Bruno Cagli, Myung-Whun Chung and Antonio Pappano).

He is the editor of the book Dialoghi su Musica e Teatro: Tristano e Isotta (Dialogues on Music and Theatre: Tristan and Isolde) 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, EDT and, 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 (Gustav Mahler. My time will come), for il Saggiatore (reprinted twice in 2011). In 2013, 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 (The Beginning and the End of the World. A New Guide to Richard Wagner’s “Ring”). In the same year he edited the volume Henze a Montepulciano (Henze in Montepulciano), published by Tratti d’Autore.

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).

Since 2007 he is the Artistic Coordinator of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he works next to Stéphane Lissner and Daniel Barenboim.