Holding multiple conducting positions is common in the classical music world and Conlon's new appointment isn't expected to significantly interfere with his responsibilities in Los Angeles. In Turin, he will conduct eight weeks of programs per season, including tours, recordings, concert operas and choral works.
The last several months have seen a number of changes in Conlon's career. As previously announced, the 65-year-old conductor will conclude his tenure as the music director of the
A New York native, Conlon has spent much of his career in Europe, leading such prestigious companies as the Paris National Opera, the Cologne Opera and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He joined L.A. Opera at the start of the 2006-07 season, succeeding conductor Kent Nagano.
In 2013, Conlon renewed his contract with L.A. Opera through the end of the 2017-18 season. He is scheduled to appear at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the fall to conduct Jake Heggie's "Moby Dick."
His appointment to the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai marks the first time that an American will hold the title of principal conductor. The ensemble is affiliated with Italy's state radio and television company RAI.
Conlon will succeed Juraj Valcuha at the orchestra. In a prepared statement, Conlon said: "Over the past five years, I have conducted the orchestra, as a guest, with great pleasure. I am enthusiastic at the prospect of collaborating with them on a regular basis."