Nicola Luisotti

conductor - Principal Guest Conductor at Teatro Real de Madrid, Former Music Director at San Francisco Opera

Principal Guest Conductor of Madrid’s Teatro Real, Maestro Luisotti served as Music Director of San Francisco Opera from 2009 to 2018, conducting over 40 operas and concerts since his Company debut in 2005. In 2018, he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal for artistic excellence.

Among his distinguished San Francisco Opera credits, Luisotti conducted the Company’s world premiere commissioning project of Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara (Two Women) as well as Salome, Lohengrin, Don Carlo and the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy.

Recent engagements include La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, Aida and La traviata at Vienna State Opera, Turandot and Aida at Teatro Real, Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House, Un ballo in maschera at Teatro alla Scala, Macbeth at Zurich Opera, as well as Mahler’s Symphony Nr. 6 with Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana and Staatsorchester Stuttgart, and concerts with Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice, ABAO Olbe, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

He has received critical acclaim from press and public alike for his performances at the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House in London, Paris National Opera, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, Venice’s La Fenice, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Turin’s Teatro Regio, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Hamburg, Valencia, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company, Opernhaus Zürich 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 there in 2010.

Luisotti served as Music Director of Teatro di San Carlo from 2012 through 2014. Aside from opera and concert performances in Naples, he also conducted an historic performance of the Verdi Requiem in San Francisco which included the orchestra and chorus of both Teatro di San Carlo and San Francisco Opera.

Upcoming engagements include Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly at Teatro Real, Aida at the Berlin Staatsoper, Mefistofele at Teatro La Fenice.

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

Maestro Luisotti has also conducted several productions captured on DVD including the Metropolitan Opera’s La Bohème and La Fanciulla del West, the Royal Opera Covent Garden productions of Don Giovanni and Nabucco, San Francisco Opera’s Mefistofele, and Teatro Real’s Turandot.