2016–17 Season: Conductor of Don Giovanni
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as conductor of Don Giovanni, Frenchman Marc Minkowski is particularly known for his outstanding successes in the field of opera, for his concerts, and for his work with Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble. He appears regularly at the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, at the Opera de Paris and at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Minkowski began his career as a bassoonist before studying with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux Conducting School in Maine. In 1984, he founded the period-instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre. Together with this ensemble, Minkowski has achieved international success both in concerts and recordings and has been instrumental in the revival and recording of many rare operas by Gluck (Armide, Alceste, and lphigénie en Tauride), Rameau (Hyppolyte et Aricie), and Lully (Phaéton).
In addition to his work in Baroque and Classical repertories, Minkowski has explored many 20th-century masterpieces with leading European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. He is artistic director of the Salzburg Mozartwoche and founder of the Ré Majeure Festival. Recent engagements include Idomeneo and La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Der fliegende Holländer at Theater an der Wien.