San Francisco Opera Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi made his Company debut in 2008 conducting The Elixir of Love for Families, and he returned for performances of La Bohème, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Faust, La Fanciulla del West, Aida, Turandot, and Carmen as well as the Company's performances at the 2009 and 2011 Stern Grove Festivals. He is also extensively involved in the San Francisco Opera Center, conducting Carmen for Families and the 2011 Adler Fellows gala concert. A native of Bari, Italy, Finzi previously served as assistant conductor, coach, and pianist at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. He made his conducting debut in 2003 with Tosca at the Teatro Rendano in Cosenza and returned in 2004 for La Traviata. Finzi has since led productions of L’Elisir d’Amore, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, La Traviata, L’Elisir d’Amore, and Così fan tutte as well as concerts in Italy, Russia, Albania, South Korea, and Japan. Most recently he made his debut in Germany conducting Carmen at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Actively involved in the community, Finzi led a master class with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and conducted their spring production of Così fan tutte this past March. Upcoming engagements include The Nutcracker at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Rigoletto at Palermo's Teatro Massimo, and a new production of Idomeneo at the Theater Lübeck in Germany.