Release date: 5/11/2012

San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances Present Music Director Nicola Luisotti and The San Francisco Opera Orchestra in Concert

Sunday, June 3 at 3 PM at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall

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San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances present Music Director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in concert on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. The program includes Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major featuring acclaimed Israeli cellist Amit Peled, Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony and Cherubini's Symphony in D Major.
 
Nicola Luisotti made his debut at UC Berkeley this past October with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra performing an all-Beethoven program. He will return to Zellerbach Hall with the Opera Orchestra next season for a May 17, 2013 concert featuring works by Rota, Brahms and Puccini.
 
Since joining San Francisco Opera as Music Director in 2009, Maestro Luisotti has been enthusiastically embraced by San Francisco audiences. Noting “the brilliance of Luisotti’s orchestral conducting,” the San Francisco Chronicle called Luisotti “a blast to watch in action.” The San Francisco Examiner stated: “Under his baton, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra sparkles, shimmers, storms, and, most importantly, sings the music.” Offering audiences a rare opportunity to experience the renowned San Francisco Opera Orchestra in concert under the baton of its dynamic music director, the concert is the second of two special appearances at Zellerbach Hall this season showcasing Maestro Luisotti and the Orchestra.
 
Conductor Nicola Luisotti opened San Francisco Opera’s season last fall leading critically acclaimed performances of Puccini’s Turandot, and also conducted a new San Francisco Opera production of Don Giovanni and Bizet’s Carmen. In June, he leads a new San Francisco Opera and Teatro alla Scala co-production of Verdi’s Attila as part of the Company's Summer 2012 Season. Luisotti’s other engagements during the 2011–12 season include Tosca at La Scala and the rarely performed I Masnadieri at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, in addition to many orchestral engagements, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the orchestras of Cleveland and Philadelphia. A native of Tuscany, Luisotti was recently appointed music director of the prestigious Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and is also principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Symphony.
 
From the United States and Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Mr. Peled, who was recently described by the American Record Guide as “Having the flair of the young Rostropovich,” has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls. Following his enthusiastically received Alice Tully Hall concerto debut playing the Hindemith Cello Concerto, The New York Times described his playing: “glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again.”
 
Peled’s last season culminated with a much anticipated recital debut at the Kennedy Center and two performances of the Penderecki Cello Concerto in Chicago's Millennium Park, with the legendary composer conducting. One of the most sought after cello pedagogues in the world, Mr. Peled is a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
 
 
Tickets and Information
 
THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA
Presented by San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances
 
Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.                           Zellerbach Hall
                                                                                    University of California, Berkeley
Nicola Luisotti, conductor
Amit Peled, cello
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
 
PROGRAM:
Prokofiev / Symphony No. 1 "Classical"
Haydn / Cello Concerto in C major
Cherubini / Symphony in D major
 
TICKETS & INFORMATION:
Tickets are priced from $30 to $85 and may be purchased online at sfopera.com and through the San Francisco Opera Box Office [War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street), or by phone at (415) 864-3330]. Tickets can also be purchased through Cal Performances’ Box Office [Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, by phone at (510) 642-9988 or online at calperformances.org].