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Mozart’s Operatic Favorites

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Kleinhans Music Hall, 8:00 pm

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Some of Mozart’s greatest work was done for the opera stage. Five singers from Juilliard’s Young Artists program join your BPO in music “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Don Giovanni” and more.

Andrew Bisantz, conductor

MOZART Vocal selections from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte

About Andrew Bisantz

A versatile musician acknowledged for his passionate and commanding leadership from the podium, the exciting American conductor Andrew Bisantz is building an impressive roster of credits at leading national orchestras and opera companies throughout the country. He has formerly served as Apprentice Conductor and Associate Producer of the Buffalo Philharmonic National Public Radio broadcasts, and conducted a sold-out performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the BPO.

This season, he will be conducting a production of Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Saratoga and an operatic adaptation of a theatrical retelling of Oedipus Rex Greek with Boston Lyric Opera. He will also be continuing his position as Music Director at Eugene Opera and will be conducting a multitude of productions with them including: Little Women at the Astoria Music Festival, West Side Story, Carmen, and a New Year’s Eve concert. Future seasons will find Bisantz returning to Virginia Opera.

Notable engagements from the past few seasons include returns to Florida Grand Opera for Rigoletto, Menotti’s The Consul, and Die Zauberflöte; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at McGill University; Rigoletto at Opera Coeur d’Alene and Tri-Cities Opera; Verdi’s La traviata for Virginia Opera; Le nozze di Figaro at Opera San Jose; La faniciulla del West at Opera Omaha; Don Giovanni at Savannah Voice Festival; and his début with Wolf Trap Opera conducting Don Giovanni.  He also conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra under the famed Hatch Shell.

As the Music Director at Eugene Opera, Mr. Bisantz has been responsible for the emergence of the company as one of the most noted and important performing arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. In Eugene, he has conducted Don GiovanniLe nozze di Figaro, Faust, La bohèmeThe Mikado, CarmenNixon in ChinaPirates of PenzanceDead Man Walking, Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers, La fanciulla del WestL’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, and La traviata.

He made his European début conducting concerts with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Porto, Portugal. He also recently débuted at the Brevard Music Center, conducting Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for the Janiec Opera Company.

Mr. Bisantz previously served as Associate Conductor of Florida Grand Opera. He made his FGO main stage début conducting Bizet’s Carmen for the company’s historic final performances at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. With FGO, he also conducted Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, La Cenerentola, La bohèmeDon Giovanni, and Manon Lescaut. At FGO General Director Robert Heuer’s 25th Anniversary Gala, Maestro Bisantz led the FGO Orchestra in performance with notable artists such as Elizabeth Futral, Katharine Goeldner, Kyle Pfortmiller, and David Pomeroy.

Additional positions held include Assistant Conductor at Glimmerglass Opera, where he conducted Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon; Music Director of the Florida International University Opera Theatre; and faculty member of VOICExperience, a summer voice program created by legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes and soprano Maria Zouves.

Mr. Bisantz earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Fredonia State College, where he studied piano with Robert Jordan and conducting with Grant Cooper. He completed his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with legendary conductors such as Carl Topilow, Louis Lane, and current Music Director of New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert.