Nicola Luisotti

conductor - Music Director at San Francisco Opera, Director Asociado at Teatro Real de Madrid

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 Andrea Chenier and Aida.  Also during the 2016/17 season, he led performances of I Pagliacci and a concert performance featuring soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek at the Teatro Regio di Torino.  He also conducted La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera as well as the National Council Grand Finals Concert. He is currently conducting Rigoletto at the San Francisco Opera in the 2017 summer season.

His international credits and critical acclaim from press and public alike include performances with the opera companies of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, La Fenice in Venice, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Hamburg, Valencia, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, 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 in 2010. Luisotti is the former music director of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples where he conducted Aida, I Masnadieri, and the Verdi Requiem. In the 2017/18 season, Maestro Luisotti will conduct the San Francisco Opera productions of Turandot and La Traviata. He will also lead Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera.  Other 2017/18 engagements include Aida at the Teatro Real Madrid, concert performances at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tosca at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, and La Boheme and Falstaff at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

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

Maestro Luisotti is also on the podium of DVD recordings including the Metropolitan Opera’s La Bohème, Royal Opera’s Don Giovanni and Nabucco, and San Francisco Opera’s Mefistofele. Other works include a complete recording of Stiffelio and Duets with Dresden Staatskapelle featuring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón.