2016–17 Season: Conductor of Don Pasquale
Former San Francisco Opera Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi made his Company debut in 2008 conducting The Elixir of Love for Families, and he returned to lead performances of La Bohème, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Faust, La Fanciulla del West, Aida, Turandot, Carmen, Rigoletto, Tosca, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as the Company's performances at the 2009 and 2011 Stern Grove Festivals. He has also conducted Carmen for Families, The Barber of Seville for Families, and the 2011 and 2012 Adler Fellows gala concerts. 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, elsewhere in Europe, and Asia. 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 in 2012. Recent and upcoming engagements include Nutcracker and L’Elisir d’Amore at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, new productions of Rigoletto at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo Idomeneo at the Theater Lübeck in Germany, a return to Berlin for Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Madama Butterfly in Bari, Carmen in Menorca, and Turandot at the Bregenz Festival.