“Italian Conductors in New York”, the cycle of events hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in the Big Apple, will continue on Thursday, 6 April (from 6 to 8 p.m.) with Maestro Nicola Luisotti who will have a chat with music historian Harvey Sachs. Maestro Luisotti is Musical Director at the San Francisco Opera since 2009 and has directed more than 40 productions between operas and concerts since his debut in 2005. His most recent highlights are the world premiere of La Ciociara by Marco Tutino and the productions of Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Carlo in the 2015/16 season. In the course of the same season, the Tuscan-born musician has conducted a symphonic concert at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and Rigoletto at the Teatro Real in Madrid. At the beginning of this year he directed another production of Rigoletto at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, which was followed by Il Trittico and La Traviata at the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden in London, and then moved to Paris for a new production of Rigoletto at the Opéra Bastille. Luisotti is greatly acclaimed by the public and critics of the world’s most important Opera theatres, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Opera Theatre in Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, Hamburg, Valencia, Los Angeles, Seattle and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In 2010, as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the La Fanciulla del West, Luisotti was conferred the prestigious Puccini Award for the edition of this opera that he directed at the Metropolitan Opera. He was also Musical Director at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, where he directed Verdi’s Aida, I Masnadieri and Requiem. In the 2016/17 season, Maestro Luisotti will direct Andrea Chenier, Aida and Rigoletto at the San Francisco Opera. In the course of the same season, he will be directing La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and Pagliacci at Turin’s Teatro Regio.