George Manahan

Music director of the American Composers Orchestra and Portland Opera, George Manahan makes his San Francisco Opera debut in 2013 with the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne. Winner of Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award, Manahan continues his commitment to working with young musicians as director of Orchestral Studies at the Manhattan School of Music as well as guest conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music. He served as music director of the New York City Opera for fourteen seasons. Manahan’s guest appearances include the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Atlanta, San Francisco, Hollywood Bowl, and New Jersey, where he served as acting music director for four seasons. He has also appeared with the opera companies of Seattle, Chicago, Santa Fe, Portland, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Paris Opera, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, the Bergen Festival (Norway), the Casals Festival (Puerto Rico), and Minnesota Opera, where he was principal conductor. Manahan’s wide-ranging recording activities include the premiere recording of Steve Reich’s Tehillim (ECM); Edward Thomas’s Desire Under the Elms (nominated for a Grammy); Joe Jackson’s Will Power; and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. His enthusiasm for contemporary music continues today: He has conducted numerous world premieres, including Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, David Lang’s Modern Painters, Hans Werner Henze’s The English Cat, and Terrence Blanchard’s Champion.