Seattle Opera’s performances of Macbeth were the latest in a series of North American debuts for Nicola Luisotti. In 2003, he conducted Verdi’s Ballo in maschera at Canadian Opera Company. He has since conducted Bizet’s Carmen and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with LA Opera and Verdi’s Forza del destino with San Francisco Opera—and he makes his Metropolitan Opera debut with Puccini’s Tosca in October. Luisotti has conducted for many of the major European opera companies. Recent engagements abroad include Verdi’s Oberto at Teatro alla Scala, Verdi’s Trovatore at Arena di Verona, Verdi’s Traviata and Otello at Paris Opéra, Tosca at Bayerische Staatsoper and Teatro Regio (Parma), and five productions with Stuttgart Opera: Verdi’s Otello and Trovatore and Puccini’s Turandot, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. Luisotti’s symphonic credits include leading the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Teatro San Carlo Orchestra, the Orchestra National de France, and the Zagreb Symphony Orchestra.