Nicola Luisotti impressive conductor born 1961

Nicola Luisotti impressive conductor born 1961

Nicola Luisotti (born 26 November 1961, Viareggio, Italy) is an Italian conductor. He currently holds the title ”Director Principal Invitado” (principal guest conductor) of Madrid’s Teatro Real.Nicola Luisotti conductor  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.  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.

Nicola Luisotti impressive conductor born 1961

Recently in San Francisco, Nicola Luisotti led the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s opera La Ciociara, Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor.  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 concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.  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. For example 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 39th Premio 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’sMefistofele. Other works include a complete recording of Stiffelio and Duets, with Dresden Staatskapelle featuring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.


Luisotti grew up in Bargecchia. He began studying music as a child, with lessons on the church organ. A seminary student until age 14,  he was the director of his village church choir by age 11. He later trained as a pianist, with secondary degrees in composition, trumpet and voice. Upon completing his formal study, he traveled between Milan, where he was a rehearsal pianist for La Scala, and Florence, where he was a member of the chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Subsequent posts allowed him to assist such conductors as Lorin Maazel and Riccardo Muti at La Scala. His earliest full-time position was as chorus master for La Fenice in Venice.

Luisotti’s first professional opera conducting engagements were a 2000 production of Stiffelio in Trieste and a 2001 Staatstheater Stuttgart production of Il trovatore. Luisotti became Stuttgart’s main conductor for the Italian repertory, conducting ToscaTurandotMadama Butterfly and Otello in 2006. His Stuttgart Il trovatore was met with critical acclaim, and within weeks he was offered a debut engagement at Paris Opera.

Other early invitations came from the Canadian Opera Company (Un ballo in maschera in 2003), Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice (Il viaggio a Reims in 2003 and Simon Boccanegra in 2004), and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera (Tosca in 2004). He made his debut in Japan with a staged production of Tosca at Suntory Hall.
Luisotti made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2005 conducting La forza del destino. In January 2007, the company announced his appointment as its third music director, effective with the 2009-2010 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.  His work at San Francisco Opera has included conducting the premiere of Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara (Two Women). In May 2016, the company announced that Luisotti was to conclude his music directorship of San Francisco Opera after the 2017-2018 season.

La fanciulla del West

Nicola Luisotti led the 100th-anniversary performances of La fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera and was presented with the Premio Puccini Prize by the Fondazione Festival Puccini. He served as music director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples from February 2012 to December 2014. He served as principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra from April 2009 to the spring of 2012.

Luisotti’s discography includes a complete recording of Stiffelio and Duets, featuring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón on the Deutsche Grammophon label. He is the conductor for a DVD recording of the Met’s La bohème, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas (EMI), and their centennial production of La fanciulla del West (Deutsche Grammophon).

Luisotti and his wife, Rita Simonini, have residences near Corsanico, Italy, where Simonini grew up and where the couple married, and in San Francisco. 

Read more