Nicolas Giusti, Artistic Director
Roman conductor, composer, arranger, pianist and vocal coach, Nicolas Giusti, is a master of Italian, French and Mozartean operatic styles. After many years working in Italy with such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci, June Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli, Franco Bonisolli, and Carlo Bergonzi, Giusti relocated to the United States where he continues to conduct professionally and educate the next generation. Before coming to Utah, he has was also a full time vocal coach and professor for twenty-three years at the Ministero dell'Universitàdell’Universita “Luisa D’Annunzio” in Pescara, “E.Duni” in Matera, “A. Casella” in L’Aquila, “G. Rossini” in Pesaro and Fermo, Italy.
Among Maestro Giusti's career highlights are the cinematographic production of Franco Zeffirelli's “Callas Forever” where he was vocal specialist and pianist for the film; composing and conducting the premier of his comedic opera “L’Importanza di essere Onesto” (The Importance of being Earnest); recently hitting number one on the classical music charts with his recent record release “Joyful."
As an orchestra conductor, he has directed nearly one hundred operatic productions in opera houses across Europe and the U.S. Most recently he conducted UVU’s production of La Bohème , Utah Featival Opera's Magic Flute, UVAA’s Rusalka and Gianni Schicchi and he served as a principal coach coached Boston Lyric Opera’s recent production of La Bohème. Upcoming events include conducting UVU’s Les Contes des Hoffman, Utah Festival Opera’s Aida and orchestrating and conducting the Oratorio Dio dell’alleanza by David Alagna, starring Roberto Alagna. He also served the opera faculty at Brigham Young and Utah Valley Universities.
Since 2012, Maestro Giusti has impacted hundreds of singers at UVAA Summer Opera Festival with his warmth and musical genius.