(San Francisco, California)
2018–19 Season: Conductor, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert
2019–20 Season: Conductor, Hansel and Gretel
American conductor Christopher Franklin made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2017 leading Turandot with Nina Stemme, and most recently conducted the 2018 Adler Fellows Concert, the Future Is Now. Born in San Francisco and raised in Berlin, after starting his career in Italy where he currently lives, Franklin has conducted in the major Italian opera houses and festivals: Teatro Regio di Torino, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Comunale di Treviso, Teatro Verdi di Salerno, Teatro Comunale Pergolesi di Jesi and Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Among his most recent engagements, La Sonnambula in Paris, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci in Macerata, Rossini’s Otello in Barcelona, Scala di Seta in Liège, Cafè Kafka e Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher in Valencia, the Florez20 concert in Pesaro, Turco in Italia for Circuito Lombardo, Turn of the Screw in Valencia, Pia de Tolomei in Pisa, Tristan und Isolde in Trieste, Peter Grimes in Valencia and Thais in Minneapolis.
The past few seasons saw Franklin on the podium at Minnesota Opera for the world premiere of Doubt by Douglas Cuomo, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play; Thomas’ Hamlet, La Cenerentola, Così fan tutte at Teatro Regio di Torino and Cagliari; concerts in Trieste; Death in Venice in Mexico City; Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Attila in Lima; Le Comte Ory at the Greek National Opera of Athens; new productions of L’Amour Coniugale by Mayr, La Cambiale di Matrimonio and La Gazzetta (all released by Naxos) at the Rossini Festival in Wildbad.
He will open Barcelona's 2018–19 Season with I Puritani; Lucia di Lammermoor in Tenerife; La Traviata and Elektra in Minneapolis; and concerts in Munich, Valencia and Oviedo.