Jose Maria Condemi

Artistic director of Opera Santa Barbara, Jose Maria Condemi has directed Così fan tutte, Tosca, The Elixir of Love for Families, Faust, Madama Butterfly, and Carmen at San Francisco Opera as well as Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, La Bohème, and La Cenerentola for the Merola Opera Program. A former Adler Fellow and Merola Opera Program alumnus, his notable engagements include a new production of Ernani and Tristan und Isolde for Lyric Opera of Chicago; Luisa Miller for the Canadian Opera Company; La Bohème, Il Trovatore and Orphée et Eurydice for Seattle Opera; Ainadamar, Don Giovanni, and La Traviata for Cincinnati Opera; Maria Padilla for Minnesota Opera; Il Trovatore for Austin Lyric Opera; Così fan tutte for Atlanta Opera; and Die Zauberflöte, L'Elisir d'Amore, Don Pasquale, and La Rondine with Opera San José. Condemi’s collaboration with contemporary opera composers includes directing the world premieres of Armienta's River of Women and The Weeping Woman. Upcoming engagements include Florencia en el Amazonas for Utah Opera, Maria de Buenos Aires for Florida Grand Opera, the world premiere of the San Francisco Opera commission The Secret Garden, a directing debut at Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and return engagements with Houston Grand Opera, and Seattle Opera.