Andrew Whitfield makes his debut as principal conductor for Opera San José. Mr. Whitfield moved to the Bay Area four years ago from New York City, where he served as music director for the famed Amato Opera, conducting nearly two hundred performances of two dozen operas. He joined the music staff of Opera San José as chorus master in January of 2011. In his inaugural season with the company, he collaborated with world-renowned chorus director Ian Robertson on Mozart’s Idomeneo, a co-production with the Packard Humanities Institute that garnered wide critical acclaim. He made his conducting debut at Opera San José in a double bill of La voix humaine and Pagliacci later that year, and returned to the podium last fall for Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Il trovatore. Whitfield later returned to his native New York City where he conducted performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Amore Opera.
In addition, Andrew recently conducted a concert of opera arias and scenes for Monterey Opera, as well as Lucia di Lammermoor at Festival Opera, La bohème and La traviata at the Virago Theater. Last fall he participated in San Francisco Opera’s recent production of Lohengrin. He recently assisted Ian Robertson’s for the preparation of the choruses for the Verdi Requiem at the The Grand Teton Music Festival, conducted by Donald Runnicles.