2016–17 Season: Conductor of Dream of the Red Chamber
Known for his vast experience bringing new works to the stages of opera companies nationwide, conductor George Manahan made his San Francisco Opera debut leading the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne in 2013. He is currently music director of the American Composers Orchestra and Portland (Ore.) Opera. Winner of the prestigious Ditson Conductor’s Award in 2012 for his support of American music, Manahan served as music director of New York City Opera for fourteen seasons. He also serves as director of orchestral studies at the Manhattan School of Music and guest conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music. In the summer of 2016, he leads performances of L’Italiana in Algeri, Sweeney Todd, and Die Zauberflöte at Portland Opera.