"My job is to serve the composer, and the community. Life is short, and we have to use music to improve the lives of the people around us. That is my mission."
Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti has been music director of San Francisco Opera since September 2009 and he holds the Caroline H. Hume Endowed Chair. In the current season he has already led Norma and Un Ballo in Maschera; he conducts the world premiere of Marco Tutino's Two Women (La Ciociara) in summer 2015. Luisotti’s other engagements during the current season include Madama Butterfly with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Nabucco in Valencia; Il Trovatore with the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; and a concert with Rome’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Called “both an original thinker and a great respecter of tradition” by Opera News, Luisotti made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2005 conducting La Forza del Destino and has by now led more than twenty other productions with the Company. He has garnered enthusiastic praise from both audiences and critics for his work at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Metropolitan Opera; Paris Opera; the Vienna State Opera; Milan’s La Scala; Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice; Venice’s La Fenice; Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; Madrid’s Teatro Real; Los Angeles Opera; Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company; Seattle Opera; Bologna’s Teatro Comunale; and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Maestro Luisotti was awarded the 39th Premio Puccini Award in conjunction with the historic 100th anniversary of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera, which he conducted in 2010. Equally at home on the concert stage, Luisotti served as principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Symphony from 2009 to 2012 and has established growing relationships with the orchestras of London (Philharmonia Orchestra), Genoa, Budapest, Turin, and Munich (Bavarian Radio Orchestra), as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony. Other recent career highlights include a new production of Nabucco at Milan’s La Scala and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Don Giovanni and Turandot at Covent Garden, in addition to concerts with the Orchestre de Paris, La Scala’s Filarmonica della Scala, and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras.