Photo by Terrence McCarthy; courtesy San Francisco Opera
It's only been four years since Nicola Luisotti assumed the music directorship of San Francisco Opera, so a bit short of the usual five-year lookback, but perhaps some of us were overly optimistic in 2007 when the appointment was announced:
- Joshua Kosman: It's Nicola ("Anyone who can shape a performance like Luisotti's Forza — and inspire the confidence of the excellent but somewhat demoralized Opera Orchestra — can only be a force for good.")
- Me: Dream Come True ("I jumped up and down a lot when he conducted Forza here during the 2005-06 season. I'm so glad about this decision.")
- Joshua Kosman, reviewing Mefistofele: "Music director Nicola Luisotti's tendency to linger fondly over every phrase and transition...."
- Me, discussing Cosi fan tutte: "Nicola Luisotti does not understand what Mozart conducting requires...."
- I hated his Salome. Lohengrin was better, but still lacked sufficient Wagnerian pulse.