2015–16 Season: Conductor of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Mark Elder makes his San Francisco Opera debut conducting Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He is music director of the Hallé located in Manchester, artistic director of Opera Rara, and a principal artist of the Orchestra on the Age of Enlightenment. He has also served as music director of English National Opera and principal guest conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and London Mozart Players. Recent career highlights include King Roger at the Bregenz Festival, Tannhäuser with Paris Opera, Billy Budd at the Glyndebourne Festival, The Tsar’s Bride, Fidelio, Wozzeck, La Bohème, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and concert performances with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic and London Symphony, and in the Netherlands, Rotterdam, Bergen, Budapest, Gothenburg, and Zurich, among others. Sir Mark Elder was knighted in 2008 and awarded the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1989. In May 2006 he was named “Conductor of the Year” by the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) and was awarded honorary membership of the RPS in 2011. He received Gramophone Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 for his Hallé recordings of Götterdämmerung, The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom, Elgar’s Violin Concerto and The Apostles.