Currently in his fifteenth year as dance master and resident choreographer for San Francisco Opera, Lawrence Pech has already choreographed Turandot, Heart of a Soldier, Lucrezia Borgia, Don Giovanni, Xerxes, and Carmen. He has created period and interpretive dances for nearly thirty operas with the Company, most recently for Wagner’s Ring cycle. Pech received his formal training from American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join that company in 1980; he continues to teach and choreograph for the nationwide ABT Summer Intensives. In 1986 Pech joined San Francisco Ballet and became a principal dancer in 1989. He founded his own dance company in 1995 and has choreographed more than fifty-five ballets, thirty musicals, and numerous self-produced evenings of music and dance. Pech was recently awarded his third Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography. He graduated with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a degree in composition.