San Francisco Opera Center Artistic Director (effective January 2021)
Carrie-Ann Matheson has a multi-faceted international career as pianist, conductor and educator. A native of Canada, Matheson began her career at the Metropolitan Opera, where she was a tenured member of the full-time music staff as assistant conductor, prompter, pianist and vocal coach. In 2014 she was invited by General Music Director Fabio Luisi to join the staff at Opernhaus Zürich, which led to the expansion of her performing career in Europe. Especially in demand as a recital pianist, she has performed with many of the world’s most renowned opera singers, including Rolando Villazón, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczała, Benjamin Bernheim, Diana Damrau, Barbara Bonney and Joyce DiDonato. Performances in the 2020–21 season include recitals with Joyce DiDonato at the Festival de El Escorial, Festival de Santander, and the virtual Metropolitan Opera recital series, with Benjamin Bernheim at the Salzburger Festspiele, Le Festival de Paris and Philharmonie de Luxembourg, and with Pene Pati as part of Les Grandes Voix recital series with performances at Salle Gaveau in Paris and at the Opéra national de Bordeaux. In addition to her work with opera singers, she has performed in chamber music concerts with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Zürich. Matheson assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and Gianandrea Noseda, before making her conducting debut in 2015 at Opernhaus Zürich, where she has conducted works such as La Finta Giardiniera, Don Pasquale and Iphigénie en Tauride, among others. Matheson has also been engaged by prominent festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele and the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. Passionate about nurturing the next generation of opera singers and pianists, Matheson devotes a portion of her time to the development of emerging artists, and has worked with the International Opera Studio (Opernhaus Zürich), Atkins Young Artist Program (The Mariinsky Theatre), Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (The Metropolitan Opera), Ryan Opera Center (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and the International Vocal Arts Institute. In addition, she maintains an active private coaching studio, and stays connected with the community of young opera professionals via her social media presence (@carrieannmatheson). 2 Matheson holds degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island (B.Mus.Ed), the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.Mus in Collaborative Piano), the Manhattan School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma in Vocal Accompanying) and is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s renowned Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
San Francisco Opera Center General Manager (effective January 2021)
Markus Beam is currently a Vice-President and Artist Manager in the Vocal Division of IMG Artists, where he works with a diverse roster of artists encompassing both emerging artists and some of the most sought-after names in opera, including multiple graduates of both the SFO Adler Program and Merola Opera Program. His clients perform regularly on the world’s leading operatic and concert stages, including the San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Opernhaus Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro all Scala, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and with the festivals of Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and the Santa Fe Opera. Particularly passionate about the development of emerging artists, Beam maintains an active coaching and consulting practice, regularly leading group classes and one-on-one sessions at many of the country’s premier training programs, helping artists define and clarify personal goals, develop actionable career plans and fully develop their unique artistry and voices. Before his career in artist management and consulting, Markus performed extensively both in Europe and the United States. A proud graduate of the Merola Opera Program (2002), he went on to sing leading baritone roles with Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Il Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Santa Fe Opera and appeared on multiple occasions at Carnegie Hall and New York’s Lincoln Center. He has been recognized with awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation and the George London Foundation. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, Beam also holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts and trained as a young artist at the Merola Opera Program, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.