"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 holds the Caroline H. Hume Endowed Chair. In the current season he conducts Mefistofele, Falstaff, La Traviata, and Madama Butterfly. In 2012, Luisotti was appointed music director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and in the 2013–14 season he leads Aida and Otello. Luisotti’s other engagements during the current season include Don Giovanni and Turandot with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and concerts in Naples and Turin. 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 led nineteen 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; 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 in 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 in addition to concerts with the Orchestre de Paris, La Scala’s Filarmonica della Scala, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra.