2016–17 Season: Aida and Madama Butterfly
Spanish conductor Jordi Bernàcer joined the Company in August 2015. As resident conductor, he serves as musical assistant to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, in addition to participating in a wide range of musical and rehearsal activities. Bernàcer’s conducting credits include Verdi's Rigoletto at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Puccini’s Tosca at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; Massenet’s Manon, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (the latter two with Plácido Domingo) at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia; Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana in Naples; Tosca for Los Angeles Opera; Bizet’s Carmen in Teatr Wielki in Poland; and operas and concerts at festivals in Italy, Spain and the Castleton Festival in Virginia. He has collaborated with many leading conductors including Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta and Georges Prêtre. Born in 1976 in Alcoi, Spain, Bernàcer began to study music at the age of six. He graduated in flute performance at Valencia’s Joaquín Rodrigo Conservatory at eighteen, where he also studied composition, musicology, and choral and orchestral conducting, and concluded his studies at the Vienna Conservatory.