Nicola 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 2017 fall season productions of La Traviata and Turandot, and was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal for artistic excellence. Among his distinguished San Francisco Opera credits, Luisotti co-led the Company’s world premiere commissioning project of Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara (Two Women). Other recent season engagements include Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera, Pagliacci and an all Mahler concert performance at the Teatro Regio di Torino, La Traviata at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Grand Finals Concert. Earlier this year, Maestro Luisotti was appointed associate director of Madrid’s Teatro Real, an appointment that begins in 2018 with a production of Aida.
His international credits and critical acclaim from press and public alike include his performances with the opera companies of, Vienna State Opera , Teatro alla Scala, 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, Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company, 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 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, he conducts the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall and returns to the Metropolitan Opera to lead performances of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Other current season engagements include concert performances at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tosca at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, and La Bohème 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 recording projects include a complete recording of Verdi’s Stiffelio and Duets featuring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón with the Dresden Staatskapelle.