SFOpera - Nicola Luisotti

Nicola Luisotti

Nicola Luisotti

(Viareggio, Italy)

201617 Season: Conductor of Andrea Chénier, Aida, Rigoletto

201718 Season: Turandot and La Traviata

Maestro Luisotti has been music director of San Francisco Opera since 2009 and has conducted over 40 operas and concerts since his Company debut in 2005. Luisotti, who holds the Caroline H. Hume Endowed Chair, recently conducted the Company’s Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Carlo. Also during the 2015–16 season, he led a symphonic concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and was on the podium at Madrid’s Teatro Real for Rigoletto. He returned to Milan’s Teatro alla Scala to lead performances of Rigoletto, followed by London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden for Il Trittico and La Traviata and Paris for a new production of Rigoletto at Opéra Bastille.

His international credits and critical acclaim from press and public alike include performances with the opera companies of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, La Fenice in Venice, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Hamburg, Valencia, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Maestro Luisotti was awarded the 39th Premio Puccini Award in conjunction with the historic 100th anniversary of La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera, which he conducted in 2010. Luisotti is the former music director of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples where he conducted Aida, I Masnadieri, and the Verdi Requiem. This season, Maestro Luisotti will conduct the Company’s productions of Andrea Chénier, Aida, and Rigoletto. He will also lead La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and Pagliacci at Teatro Regio di Torino.

On the concert stage, Luisotti has worked with the San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Rome’s Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica of Madrid, Orchestra of Teatro Regio in Turin, and Tokyo Symphony.

Maestro Luisotti is also on the podium of DVD recordings including the Metropolitan Opera’s La Bohème, Royal Opera’s Don Giovanni and Nabucco, and San Francisco Opera’s Mefistofele. Other works include a complete recording of Stiffelio and Duets with Dresden Staatskapelle featuring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón.