All conductors will tell you that they put the music in front of everything and that they're simply servants of the art, but Nicola Luisotti doesn't have to even say it -- his actions [on the podium] speak louder than words. While his Puccini's unparalleled, his Verdi rocks. It's like, Bro, have you even heard his Verdi?
He's just wrapped up a highly-lauded Verdi Requiem at Naples' Teatro San Carlo (where he splits a Musical Directorship role with the San Francisco Opera) and he's off to London to conduct Nabucco at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Quite simply, Luisotti lets composers flex their musical muscle and find their voices while he gracefully dissolves into the podium like he's powered-up Halo's active camo and can bend light around armor.