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Conductor Nicola Luisotti returns to Teatro alla Scala in January 2016 to lead performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto, following his previous assignments with the company including Oberto, Attila, Tosca and Nabucco, and concerts with the Filarmonica della Scala. Maestro Luisotti is Music Director of San Francisco Opera where he has conducted over thirty five operas and concerts since his company debut in 2005. Recently in San Francisco, Luisotti led the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s opera La Ciociara, Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor and next June will return to conduct Don Carlo in five acts. During the current 2015-16 season, the Italian-born conductor has led a symphonic concertat Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and most recently performances of Rigoletto in Madrid’s Teatro Real. In February, Luisotti returns to London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden for Il Trittico and La Traviata before heading to Paris for a new production of Rigoletto at Opéra Bastille. 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

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Conductor Nicola Luisotti returns to Teatro alla Scala in January 2016 to lead performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto, following his previous assignments with the company including Oberto, Attila, Tosca and Nabucco, and concerts with the Filarmonica della Scala. Maestro Luisotti is Music Director of San Francisco Opera where he has conducted over thirty five operas and concerts since his company debut in 2005. Recently in San Francisco, Luisotti led the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s opera La Ciociara, Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor and next June will return to conduct Don Carlo in five acts.

During the current 2015-16 season, the Italian-born conductor has led a symphonic concertat Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and most recently performances of Rigoletto in Madrid’s Teatro Real. In February, Luisotti returns to London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden for Il Trittico and La Traviata before heading to Paris for a new production of Rigoletto at Opéra Bastille.

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 39thPremio 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.

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 Villazon.

 

Updated as of December 30, 2015/jf

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"Conductor Luisotti splendidly drew out the difficult balance between lyricism and larger-than-life epic poetry which made the orchestra play in way that rarely happens at La Scala."

Carlo Lanfossi, Il Giornale della Musica

"Nicola Luisotti conducted, and one sensed a good understanding between him and the orchestra. He mined the score for its sumptuous colours and brazen extravagance, but also captured that nervous modern edge which makes the opera so much more interesting than mere orientalist pantomime. Altogether a most enjoyable evening."

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

"Maestro Luisotti finds drama, or emotive detail that illuminates the Mozart genius in sometimes unexpected and always immensely pleasurable ways."

Michael Milenski, Opera Today

"The company's increasingly renowned music director (Luisotti returns to Covent Garden next month for Don Giovanni) finds [...] a balance between scene-setting and momentum. He is particularly strong on differentiating Verdi's carefully calibrated palette of textures - the score sounds freshly minted [...]"

Neil Fisher, The Times

"Company music director Nicola Luisotti drew an ebullient reading from the orchestra, bringing to the force the evil forces that plague Rigoletto. The orchestral playing was unleashed and lush, culminating with an especially wild and effective storm scene."

CBS San Francisco

"[...] the orchestra played superbly for music director Nicola Luisotti; the low strings were especially resonant [...] Luisotti's tempos were spacious and then scampering, flexible yet on-point as the cast pattered through terrific quartets, quintets and tentets."

Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

"The music director Nicola Luisotti is a champion of early Verdi, and in this June 28 performance he stirred his orchestra to surprising peaks of passion. There was a torrential force to this conducting although Luisotti remained flexibly attuned to the vocal line throughout. He favoured brilliant attacks from his cast and there wasn’t a dull moment."

Allan Ulrich, Opera Magazine

"Nicola Luisotti is evidently aware of the striking effect an all-embracing marriage of music and text has on the score. He evokes flexibility of form from the orchestra by focusing attention on dramatic recitatives rather than the obviously lyrical moments."

Stefano Valanzuolo, Il Mattino

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Discography

  • Nicola Luisotti

    La Bohème (Live from the Met) - Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramon Vargas, Ludovic Tezier, Quinn Kelsey 2008

  • Nicola Luisotti

    Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón: Duets - With the Dresden Staatskapelle - Deutsche Grammophone 2007

  • Nicola Luisotti

    Alexia Voulgaridou: A Portrait - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Arte Nova Voices 2004

  • Nicola Luisotti

    Verdi: Stiffelio Dimitra Theodossiu, Marco Malagnini, Marco Vratogna, Giorgio Casciarri, Enzo Capuano Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste Complete Opera by Verdi for Dynamic 2001