2016–17 Season: Conductor of Don Giovanni
Making his San Francisco Opera debut, French conductor Marc Minkowski is the longtime director of Les Musiciens du Louvre, the period-instrument ensemble that he founded in 1982. His repertoire extending from the French Baroque and Handel to works by Debussy and Ravel, Minkowski has recently led Platée, Idomeneo, Die Zauberflöte, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare, Iphigénie en Tauride, Mireille, and Alceste at the Opéra National de Paris; La Belle Hélène, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Carmen, and Die Feen at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet; and La Dame Blanche, Pelléas et Mélisande, and Die Fledermaus at the Opéra Comique in Paris. He has also conducted productions at the Salzburg Festival (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mitridate, Così fan tutte, and Lucio Silla), as well as at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. Minkowsky is artistic director of the Salzburg Mozartwoche, founder of the Ré Majeure Festival, and in 2016 was appointed general manager of the Opéra National de Bordeaux. Highlights of his 2017–18 season include La Vie Parisienne and Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra National de Bordeaux; Mârouf both in Bordeaux and at the Opéra Comique in Paris; and Don Giovanni at Royal Opera, Covent Garden.