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Tuscan conductor Nicola Luisotti serves as Music Director of San Francisco and was recently appointed Music Director of Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, one of Italy’s oldest and most historic theaters. Recent triumphs include his La Scala debut with Attila in a new production by Gabriele Lavia and his leadership of Puccini’s rarely performed La fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera in December of 2010. In conjunction with these 100th Anniversary performances Luisotti was awarded the Premio Puccini Award. In his third season as Music Director of San Francisco Opera, Luisotti will conduct Turandot, Carmen, Don Giovanni, and Attila. His operatic engagements for the 2011-2012 Season also include a return visit to La Scala for Tosca and appearances with Teatro di San Carlo in the rarely performed Verdi opera, I Masnadieri. Information on future plans with Teatro di San Carlo will be announced in the Spring of 2012. Critically acclaimed for his orchestral conducting, Luisotti will also make appearances with six great orchestras this season including San Francisco Opera Orchestra presented by Cal Performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Madrid’s Orquesta Nacional de España and the orchestras of Cleveland and Philadelphia. He has garnered enthusiastic praise from both audiences and critics for his work at Royal Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Seattle Opera, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. The Italian conductor has also led many of the world’s most acclaimed orchestral ensembles, including the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Atlanta Symphony, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Budapest Radio Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Hamburger Philharmonic, Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestra, London Philharmonia, NHK Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Russian National Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, San Francisco Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Zagreb Philharmonic. Luisotti led special concerts in Beijing in conjunction with the 2008 Olympic Games. Maestro Luisotti’s discography includes a complete recording of Stiffelio (Dynamic), the critically acclaimed Duets (Deutsche Grammophon) and he is on the podium for the DVD recording of the Met’s La bohème (EMI). Updated: April 2012 Contact Karen Ames/PR Worldwide/


Tuscan conductor Nicola Luisotti serves as Music Director of San Francisco Opera and Music Director of Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony from 2009 to 2012.

A major highlight of Maestro’s Luisotti 2013-2014 season is the Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, in a historic performance featuring the combined musical forces of both companies where he serves as Music Director. More than 320 musicians and choristers from San Francisco Opera and Teatro di San Carlo join forces on the War Memorial stage under Luisotti’s leadership to celebrate the worldwide Verdi bicentennial celebration and the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States.

Mefistopheles, Falstaff, La Traviata and Madama Butterfly make up his operatic work this season in San Francisco. In Naples, Luisotti begins the season working with Franco Dragone in a new production of Aida. As Music Director of San Carlo, his season also includes a new production of Otello in the spring in addition to two sets of orchestral concerts. Maestro Luisotti returns to London’s Royal Opera House for two operas this season, Turandot and the new Kasper Holten production of Don Giovanni. In demand as an orchestral conductor as well as an operatic leader, Luisotti has worked with many of the finest orchestras in the world including the London Philarmonia, Santa Cecilia, Berliner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala and Orchestra de Paris. In addition to his concerts with Teatro di San Carlo, he will make his debut in Turin for a concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio.

In the past decade, Maestro Luisotti has received enormous critical acclaim for performances with the world’s most respected opera companies. Recent triumphs have included successful co-productions of two Verdi works: Attila with La Scala and San Francisco Opera and Nabucco with La Scala and Royal Opera. Luisotti celebrated the 100th birthday of Puccini’s rarely performed La fanciulla del West in performances at both San Francisco Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. Recognized as an elegant Puccini interpreter, The New York Times praised Luisotti’s “…stylish, nuanced and sensitive conducting” and the Fondazione Festival Pucciniano saluted his musical leadership by awarding him its Premio Puccini Prize 100 years to the day after Fanciulla’s world premiere.

Luisotti made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2005 conducting La forza del destino and has since led performances of La bohème, Il trovatore, Salome, Otello, La fanciulla del West, Aida, Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Attila, Rigoletto, Tosca, Così fan tutte and Lohengrin.

Maestro Luisotti’s discography includes a complete recording of Stiffelio (Dynamic), the critically acclaimed Duets (Deutsche Grammophon) and he is on the podium for the DVD recordings of the Met’s La bohème (EMI) and their centennial production of La fanciulla del West (Deutsche Grammophon) and with I Masnadieri (Unitel Classica).

Updated: September 2013
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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

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

Michael Milenski, Opera Today

"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

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

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

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