Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Joseph Mechavich

Conductor

Season 2022-23 sees the eminent conductor on the podium for La Boheme, La Cenerentola and The Gift of the Magi at Kentucky Opera where he serves as Principal Conductor and Artistic Consultant. Guest engagements include his return to Opera North Carolina for Don Giovanni, two titles at Oberlin College and Conservatory: L’occasione fa il ladro and Le mariage aux lanternes, and he joins Music of Remembrance in Seattle for a new title by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer that commemorates the company’s 25th Anniversary season with further performances in Chicago.

 

Recent highlights include the rarely-heard Impressions of Pelleas at Temple University; La Boheme at North Carolina Opera, Heggie’s If I were You at Northwestern University and Jack Perla’s An American Dream at Kentucky Opera.

For La Boheme at North Carolina Opera:

“Mechavich achieved much with limited time with the singers and orchestra, his expansive reading of the score accentuating intricacies of Puccini’s orchestrations that are often inaudible…Mechavich supported the singers ably, enabling them to immerse themselves in their characters’ struggles without struggling to be heard.” Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts, January 2022

“…the orchestra sounded rich and full under the direction of Maestro Joseph Mechavich, who sat in plain view of the audience, conducting without baton, yet evoking all the magic of a wand.”  Peter Perret, CVNC.org, January 2022

 

“Joseph Mechavich drew outstanding playing from the orchestra, and his pacing was masterful, alive to the score’s shifting moods. He did not pause at the conclusion of Werther’s famous aria and, while this deprived Pittas of an ovation, Mechavich kept the tension at fever pitch during the final confrontation between the protagonists. He also skillfully kept the brass from dominating the orchestral fabric, minimizing the orchestration’s Wagnerian overtones.” South Florida Classical Review

 

“…it brought the capable Joseph Mechavich, who had considerable success with the San Diego Opera conducting productions of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick” and “Great Scott” and John Adams’ “Nixon in China.” With the San Diego Symphony in the pit, Mechavich offered an equally convincing reading of Catan’s lush, atmospheric score [Florencia en el Amazonas].”  Opera News

Joseph Mechavich, conductor: Operatic Repertoire

ADAMS
Nixon in China

ANTHEIL
Transatlantic

BEETHOVEN
Fidelio

BELLINI
La sonnambula

BERNSTEIN
Candide

BIZET
Carmen
Les pêcheurs de perles

BOHLMER
Riders of the Purple Sage

BRITTEN
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Turn of the Screw

CATAN
Florencia en el amazonas

CIMAROSA
Il matrimonio segretto

DEBUSSY
Pelléas et Mélisande

DONIZETTI
Don Pasquale
L’elisir d’amore
La fille du regiment
Lucia di Lammermoor

GOUNOD
Faust
Roméo et Juliette

FLOYD
Cold Sassy Tree
Markheim
Of Mice and Men
Susannah
Wuthering Heights

GERSHWIN
Porgy and Bess

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
HMS Pinafore
The Mikado
The Pirates of Penzance

GLUCK
Orfeo ed Euridice

HANDEL
Gulio Cesare

HEGGIE
Dead Man Walking
Great Scott
Moby Dick
Out of Darkness: Two Remain
Three Decembers

HIGDON
Cold Mountain

HUMPERDINK
Hansel and Gretel

LEHAR
The Merry Widow

LEONCAVALLO
Pagliacci
Mascagni
Cavalleria rusticana

MASSENET
Cendrillon
Werther

MENOTTI
Amahl and the Night Visitors
The Medium
The Telephone

MIZZOLI
Breaking the Waves

MONTEVERDI
L’incoronazione di Poppea

MOZART
Così fan tutte
Don Giovanni
Die Entführung as dem Serail
Lucio Silla
Le nozze di Figaro
Il re pastore
Die Zauberflöte

OFFENBACH
Les contes d’Hoffmann

PUCCINI
La bohème
Gianni Schicchi
Madama Butterly
Sour Angelica
Tosca
Turandot

PREVIN
A Streetcar Named Desire

PUTS
Silent Night

RAVEL
L’enfant et les sortilèges

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
Showboat

ROSSINI
Il barbiere di Siviglia
La Cenerentola

SANT-SAENS
Samson et Dalila

J. STRAUSS
Die Fledermaus

R. STRAUSS
Ariadne auf Naxos
Daphne

STRAVINSKY
The Rake’s Progress

TALBOT
Everest

VERDI
Aida
Falstaff
Macbeth
Otello
Rigoletto
Simon Boccanegra
La traviata
Il trovatore

WARD
Crucible

WAGNER
Der fliegende Holländer

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