Maestro Nicola Luisotti, described by the New York Times reporter as an 'Italian Phenomenon' is musical director of San Francisco Opera. He's famed for his interpretation of the great Italian masters Puccini and Verdi and in this candid and humorous interview with Neil Shestopal, he talks about a childhood steeped in Puccini, his 'discovery' as a highly talented young musician at the age of only 12 and his subsequent 'training' in the art of opera when he worked as both a singer in a chorus and later as the youngest chorus master in Italy.
To find out more about his career and future performances, click here to visit his website.
The music featured is from the Naxos label and is their 1991 recording of Madama Butterfly by Puccini. To find out more and where to purchase it, please click on the link here.