2018–19 Season: Chorus Director, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Roberto Devereux, Tosca, Arabella, It's a Wonderful Life, Carmen, Rusalka
2019–20 Season: Chorus Director, Romeo and Juliet, Billy Budd, The Marriage of Figaro, Manon Lescaut, Hansel and Gretel, Ernani, The Revolution of Steve Jobs
Recipient of the 2012 San Francisco Opera Medal, Ian Robertson has been chorus director and conductor with San Francisco Opera since 1987, having prepared more than 350 productions for the Company. He was awarded the Olivier Messiaen Foundation Prize in 2003 for his artistic contribution to the preparation of the Company’s North American premiere of Saint François d’Assise. Robertson made his San Francisco Opera conducting debut with Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and has since led performances of Falstaff, Lohengrin, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Turandot, Il Trovatore, The Abduction from the Seraglio and La Bohème. In addition to his highly-praised work with the Opera Chorus, he has led the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in many concerts, and has conducted Così fan tutte, L’Italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, L’Elisir D’Amore and La Périchole for the San Francisco Opera Center. He frequently led the Merola Opera Programʼs Grand Finale concerts. Other North American opera credits include Don Giovanni with Sarasota Opera, Florida, Magic Flute and Rigoletto with Edmonton Opera in Canada and La Rondine, The Rake’s Progress, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, The Rape of Lucretia, Don Giovanni and Vanessa with Philadelphiaʼs Curtis Opera Theatre.
Before joining San Francisco Opera, Robertson was head of music and chorus director with Scottish Opera where he led numerous productions, including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Pearl Fishers, The Secret of Susanna, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. A Scotland native trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the University of Glasgow, Robertson studied conducting under Scotland’s revered maestro Sir Alexander Gibson.
Since 1996 Robertson has also served as Artistic Director and Concert Chorus Director of the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC), an iconic youth chorus founded in 1948.