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Nicola Luisotti



In the 2013/14 Season Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti conducts Turandot and Don Giovanni for The Royal Opera. Luisotti made his Royal Opera debut in January 2007 conducting Il trovatore, and has since conducted Madama Butterfly, the World’s Stage Gala, Turandot, Aida and Nabucco.

Luisotti studied piano, organ, composition, violin, trumpet and singing before beginning his conducting career. He is currently Music Director of San Francisco Opera and of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples. For San Francisco Opera he has conducted a wide range of works, including Don Giovanni, Attila, Il trovatore, Otello, Lohengrin, La bohème, La fanciulla del West and Salome, and for Teatro di San Carlo I masnadieri and Aida. Luisotti has also worked for many other leading opera companies, including the Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, La Fenice, Venice, and most of the major German opera companies. He conducted La fanciulla del West for the work’s centenary at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 2010, for which he was awarded the Premio Puccini Prize by the Fondazione Festival Pucciniano. Luisotti made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in 2011, conducting Attila.

Luisotti has also worked with major orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Cleveland Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Philharmonia. In 2013 he conducted bicentenary performances of Verdi’s Requiem with 320 artists from both San Francisco Opera and Teatro di San Carlo. His recordings include Stiffelio, a duet album with Roland Villazón and Anna Netrebko and DVDs of La bohème and La fanciulla del West.


News and features

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Don Giovanni

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Don Giovanni

12 February 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

Your reaction: Daniele Abbado's production of Nabucco

Your reaction: Daniele Abbado's production of Nabucco

2 April 2013

A selection of audience tweets from the first performances of Verdi's epic.

Nominations announced for Opera Awards

Nominations announced for Opera Awards

14 February 2013

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists are shortlisted for new award.