Nicola Luisotti is the principal guest conductor at the Teatro Real de Madrid. He joined the San Francisco Opera in 2005 and was its musical director from 2009 to 2018 during which time he conducted over forty opera and concerts including the world premiere production of Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara, Salomé, Lohengrin, Don Carlo and the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy. From 2012 to 2014 he was also the musical director of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, with whom he conducted a notable version of Verdi’s Requiem on a tour in San Francisco with the orchestra and chorus of the two companies. He has made guest appearances at the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, Milan’s La Scala, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, as well as in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Hamburg, Valencia, and Seattle. In 2010, he conducted La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera to mark the 100th anniversary of the work’s premiere in that theatre and received the 39th Premio Puccini Award. Nicola Luisotti also performs in concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonique, the Radio Bavaria Orchestra, Turin’s Teatro Regio Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted La Traviata, Otello, Tosca, Rigoletto and La forza del destino at the Paris Opera. His most recent engagements include Aida, Rigoletto and La Traviata in New York, as well as Turandot and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Madrid. During the 2019-2020 season, he conducted Don Carlo and La Traviata at the Teatro Real de Madrid, Manon Lescaut in San Francisco, Il Trovatore at Milan’s La Scala and numerous concerts in Hamburg, Atlanta, Palermo, and Bilbao. A number of DVDs have been recorded under his direction, including La Bohème and La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni and Nabucco at London’s Royal Opera House, and Mefistofele at the San Francisco Opera.