John DeMain

John DeMain made his San Francisco Opera debut as conductor and chorus master for Porgy and Bess in 1977 and returned to conduct the work in 1995 and 2009; he also served as musical director for the 1987 production. During his distinguished tenure as music director and principal conductor at Houston Grand Opera, he led a history-making production of Porgy and Bess, which he subsequently recorded for RCA, and won the Grammy Award, Tony Award, and France's Grand Prix du Disque. DeMain currently serves as artistic director of Madison Opera and music director of the Madison Symphony. For the past ten years, he has served as artistic director and principal conductor for Opera Pacific. He is a regular guest conductor at Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and New York City Opera and has also conducted productions for Paris Opera, Milan’s La Scala, State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland, the Aspen Music Festival, Baltimore Opera, the Bregenz Festival, Cleveland Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, Glimmerglass Opera, Edmonton Opera, Juilliard Opera Center, Teatro Bellas Artes of Mexico City, Opera de Nice, Opera Omaha, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, and the Wexford Festival. Other career highlights include productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago (Porgy and Bess); Los Angeles Opera (Porgy and Bess, A Little Night Music, and The Merry Widow); New York City Opera (Dead Man Walking, Tosca, and Porgy and Bess); State Opera of South Australia (Dead Man Walking); Rome’s Festival Euro Mediterraneo (Candide); as well as Washington National Opera and Portland Opera (A View from the Bridge). Upcoming productions include a debut with Vancouver Opera (Nixon in China), Madison Opera (Der Fliegende Holländer, Carmen, The Turn of the Screw) and concerts with the Madison Symphony and Dayton Philharmonic.