Oleg Caetani has close ties with several European orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden (where he has conducted numerous concerts over the last two decades), the National Theater in Weimar (where he was chief conductor from 1984 to 1987), Oper Frankfurt (where he held a similar position from 1987 to 1992), the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden (where he served as music director from 1992 to 1996) and Chemnitz Opera and the Robert Schumann Philarmonie (where he served as music director from 1996 to 2001). In both Wiesbaden and Chemnitz, Caetani has conducted Wagner’s Ring cycle. Other opera engagements include performances in Paris, London, Rome, Berlin, Stuttgart, Florence, Helsinki, and Zurich. He made his debut at Teatro alla Scala in 2001 conducting Puccini’s Turandot, and earlier this season he made his U.S. opera debut conducting Mozart’s Zauberflöte for San Francisco Opera. Last season, he made his English National Opera debut conducting Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina. Future engagements include a return to Rome Opera to conduct Wagner’s Fliegende Holländer as well as a return to San Francisco in 2006. In 2005, Caetani assumes the roles of chief conductor and artistic director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He makes his Seattle Opera debut conducting La fancuilla del West.