2017–18 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 Aida, Andrea Chénier, Opera in the Park concert, and Don Carlo. During the 2016–17 season, he led Pagliacci at Teatro Regio di Torino, La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as conducting the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert. Other recent engagements include a symphonic concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Rigoletto at Madrid’s Teatro Real and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Il Trittico and La Traviata at London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Rigoletto at Paris’ Opéra Bastille. In addition, Luisotti has received international acclaim from press and public alike with performances at Vienna State Opera, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, Venice’s La Fenice, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Hamburg, Valencia, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He was recently appointed associate director at Madrid’s Teatro Real.
Luisotti will open San Francisco Opera’s 95th season with Turandot and La Traviata, in addition to conducting the annual San Francisco Opera in the Park Concert. In the 2017-18 season, he will also return to the Metropolitan Opera to lead performances of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, as well as a new production of Aida at Madrid’s Teatro Real, a concert with Teatro Regio di Torino, and La Bohème and Falstaff for London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In December, Luisotti will conduct the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Carnegie Hall.