Jose Maria Condemi

Stage Director

condeminewA[1]After earning rave reviews for his stage direction of OSJ’s productions of La traviata, The Barber of Seville and La rondine, José Maria Condemi returns to Opera San José to direct Falstaff. Mr. Condemi’s other directorial credits with Opera San José include The Magic Flute, Don Pasquale and The Elixir of Love.

A former Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Condemi has directed Carmen, Faust, Così fan tutte, Madame Butterfly and Tosca for the main season of that company as well as Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, La Cenerentola and La bohème for the Merola Opera Program. Other notable directing engagements include Tristan und Isolde and Ernani for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Il trovatore and La bohème for Seattle Opera, Luisa Miller for Canadian Opera Company, Don Giovanni and Aindamar for Cincinnati Opera, Così fan tutte for Atlanta Opera, Il trovatore for Austin Lyric Opera, Maria Padilla for Minnesota Opera. Susannah and Roméo and Juliette with Festival Opera. He has also directed the national tours of the Western Opera Theater productions of Don Giovanni and Die Fledermaus.

As Associate Director, he has worked on The Ring (San Francisco Opera), Falstaff (Houston Grand Opera) and Un Ballo in Maschera (Canadian Opera Company). His collaboration with contemporary composers include the world premieres of the San Francisco Opera commissioned Earthrise (Lewis Spratlan) and the works of Bay Area composer Hector Armienta: The Weeping Woman and River of Women.

Recent engagements include directing Tosca, Così fan tutte and the world premiere of The Secret Garden for San Francisco Opera, new productions of Orphee et Eurydice for Seattle Opera and Florencia en el Amazonas for Opera Colorado, La traviata and Maria de Buenos Aires for Cincinnati Opera and return engagements with Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, where he was recently named Artistic Director.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Condemi is also a recipient of the Argentina National Endowment for the Arts Award. He graduated from the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and completed a Master of Fine Arts at University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music.