High profile positions have played an important part in Kazushi Ono's career to date: in 2002 he succeeded Antonio Pappano as Music Director of Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels and it was here that his debut production of Strauss's Elektra was described by the Suddeutsche Zeitung as "the miracle of Brussels". Kazushi Ono enjoyed six highly successful seasons at La Monnaie before moving to his current position at Opera
National de Lyon.
During his current tenure in Lyon new, award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions of Prokofiev's The Gambler, Berg's Lulu, Stravinsky's Le Rossignol et autres fables, Verdi's Luisa Miller, Shostakovich's The Nose and Wagner's Parsifal have been staged. During the 2012/13 season, Kazushi Ono has conducted new productions of Verdi's Macbeth, Beethoven's Fidelio and a double bill featuring Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero and Schoenberg's Erwartung. He will also conduct Fidelio in August 2013 when Opera National de Lyon perform at Edinburgh
Kazushi Ono enjoys relationships with many of the world's top opera houses and has appeared as a guest conductor at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (L'heure espagnole, L'enfant et les sortileges and Haensel und Gretel),Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (Der fliegende Hollaender and Haensel und Gretel), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (Le Rossignol), Deutsche Oper, Berlin (Elektra), La Scala, Milan (Macbeth), Metropolitan Opera, New York (Der fliegende Hollaender) and Opera de Paris (Kol Roger). He has a strong affection for the theatre and works not only with established opera directors such as Luc Bondy, Peter Stein, Laurent Pelly and David McVicar, but has also enjoyed collaborations with artists outside the traditional opera field such as the visual artist Jan Fabre, choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and film director Francois Girard.
Kazushi Ono is a guest conductor with some of the leading international orchestras, including City of Birmingham Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
A Grammy 2012 award winner ('Diva Divo': Joyce DiDonato with Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon), Kazushi Ono's varied catalogue of CD recordings demonstrates his wide repertoire, ranging from Chin (Deutsche Grammophon), Gubaidulina, Britten, Turnage and Rihm to Shostakovich, Mahler, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. Other recent recordings include a 2009 Decca DVD of the acclaimed production of Humperdinck's Haensel und Gretel filmed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Glyndebourne as well as releases from the Opus Arte label featuring productions of Verdi's Aida and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress,
both with La Monnaie, Brussels. A DVD of the highly successful 2012 production of the Ravel double bill L'heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortileges at Glyndebourne is scheduled to be released in September 2013.