Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti made his Royal Opera debut in January 2007, conducting Il trovatore. He has since returned to conduct Madama Butterfly, the World’s Stage Gala, Turandot, Aida, Nabucco and Don Giovanni for The Royal Opera, and in the 2014/15 Season conducts Madama Butterfly.
Luisotti studied piano, organ, composition, violin, trumpet and singing before beginning his conducting career. He is 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 Madama Butterfly, La traviata, 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, among others. Luisotti has also worked for many other leading opera companies, including the Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, La Fenice, Venice, and most major German 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 worked in concert 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.
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