For the Series Italian Conductors in New York: Maestro, Nicola Luisotti in conversation with Harvey Sachs. Maestro Luisotti has been music director of San Francisco Opera since 2009 and has conducted over 40 operas and concerts since his Company debut in 2005. Luisotti, who holds the Caroline H. Hume Endowed Chair, recently conducted the Company’s Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Carlo. Also during the 2015–16 season, he led a symphonic concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and was on the podium at Madrid’s Teatro Real for Rigoletto. He returned to Milan’s Teatro alla Scala to lead performances of Rigoletto, followed by London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden for Il Trittico and La Traviata and 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 of 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.