Music Director, Principal Conductor
Joseph Marcheso is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera San José. For the 2016-17 season, he serves as principal conductor for the west coast premiere of Silent Night and La bohème. Mr. Marcheso has conducted over fifteen productions in his nine seasons at OSJ, including most recently Tosca and Carmen, as well as the world premiere of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread.
As staff conductor and cover at the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Marcheso has expanded into a wide repertoire: Kern’s Show Boat, Handel’s Partenope, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and Der Fliegende Hollander, Berlioz’ Les Troyens, the San Francisco premieres of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick and John Adams’ Nixon in China, and the world premieres of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Upcoming productions include Janacek’s Jenufa and the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber. In 2013 he was also on the conducting staff for Washington National Opera’s Manon Lescaut. He has conducted Hailstork’s Joshua’s Boots for the young artists of Opera Theatre St. Louis. Previously Mr. Marcheso was the Music Director for the Amato Opera in New York City. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.