Last Jan. 5, 2016 The Economist published an interesting article of the success of “Italian export” of top conductors in US.
In fact, Gian Andrea Noseda was recently chosen as Musical Director at the National Opera in Washington, and joins four other Italian conductors who are currently at the head of major orchestras and opera houses in US: Riccardo Muti (Chicago Symphony), Nicola Luisotti at the San Francisco Opera and Corrado Rovaris at the Philadelphia Opera. In addition, Fabio Luisi holds the position of Principal Conductor at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
Many other Italian Maestros are frequent guest conductors of top American orchestras, like Daniele Rustioni, Roberto Abbado and Marco Armiliato: according to Armiliato “Italy is experiencing what he calls the Federer Effect: one famous practitioner inspiring lots of younger people to pursue the same path” .