2016–17 Season: Aida, Madama Butterfly, and Rigoletto
Spanish conductor Jordi Bernàcer joined the Company in August 2015. As resident conductor, he serves as musical assistant to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, in addition to participating in a wide range of musical and rehearsal activities. Bernàcer’s conducting credits include last year’s Aida, Madama Butterfly, and Carmen with San Francisco Opera; the 2016 Adler Fellows Gala The Future is Now; La Traviata at Teatro Massimo in Palermo; Rigoletto at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Tosca , Rigoletto, and Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; Manon, Manon Lescaut, Luisa Fernanda, and Simon Boccanegra (the latter two with Plácido Domingo) at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia; Tosca with Los Angeles Opera; Carmen in Teatr Wielki in Poland; I Puritani in Modena’s Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti; and operas and concerts at festivals in Italy, Spain, and the Castleton Festival in Virginia. Later this year, Bernàcer will conduct Carmen at Terme di Caracalla (Opera di Roma), Nabucco at Arena di Verona, and a recording with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for the Warner Classics label.