Conductor Jonathan Khuner resides in Berkeley, but works at the major opera companies across the USA. He has been Musical Director of (Berkeley) West Edge Opera in the East Bay since 1985, and was its artistic director between 1994 and 2009. Khuner has led over sixty-five productions there, most recently the double bill "City of Sin" with Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel and Daron Hagen's Vera of Las Vegas this summer. Next summer he will conduct Britten's Turn of the Screw for West Edge Opera. Khuner's main posts are as Assistant Conductor and prompter for San Francisco Opera (since 1981), the Metropolitan Opera (since 1997), and the Lyric Opera of Chicago (since 1995). In 1996 he was also the prompter for the Ring Cycle at the Bayreuther Festspiele.
Besides appearing frequently as guest conductor with various California opera companies—among them California Opera Association (Fresno), San Francisco Lyric Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera (San Luis Obispo), West Bay Opera, and Livermore Valley Opera—, Khuner also initiated an opera workshop performance course for the University of California at Berkeley (2001 – 2004). More recently he has been Pre-Opera Talk lecturer or Opera Guild lecturer for the San Francisco Opera. Last season he gave the talks on Heart of a Soldier, and this fall he will give the pre-curtain talks on The Capulets and the Montagues.
Mr. Khuner conducted three operas at the New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv while he was Resident Assistant Conductor there in 1992-93. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and earned degrees from U.C. Berkeley in Mathematics and Musicology.