(New York, New York)
2018–19 Season: Conductor, Carmen
2019–20 Season: Conductor, Ernani
James Gaffigan first appeared with San Francisco Opera conducting The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert in 2017. This June, he makes his mainstage opera debut with the Company leading Carmen, and he returns next summer to conduct Ernani. Gaffigan is currently Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
The 2018–19 season includes his debut with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He also had his debut with the Metropolitan Opera for La Bohème and Dutch National Opera for Porgy and Bess and returns to Bavarian State Opera for La Fanciulla del West and Don Giovanni. In October 2019, he will conduct the Richard Tucker Gala, honoring award winner Lisette Oropesa, at Carnegie Hall.
Other recent guest appearances include the London Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Deutsches Symphonie-orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Wiener Symphoniker, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, Czech Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and Tokyo Metropolitan. In North America he continues to work with the symphony orchestras of New York, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Toronto, among others.
His recent opera appearances include La Bohème, Don Giovanni, La Traviata and Le Nozze di Figaro at Vienna State Opera; Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola and Falstaff at the Glyndebourne Festival; La Traviata for Norwegian Opera; Salome for Hamburg Opera; and La Bohème for Opernhaus Zurich. Last season, he made his house debuts at Chicago Lyric Opera with Così fan tutte and Santa Fe Opera with Ariadne auf Naxos.
Gaffigan is a first prize winner of the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. In 2009, he completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, and prior to that he was Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra.