Music Director, Principal Conductor
Joseph Marcheso is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera San José. For the 2019-20 season, he serves as principal conductor for Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Verdi’s Il trovatore. Last season, he conducted the company premiere of Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Mr. Marcheso has conducted 22 productions for OSJ, including recently The Flying Dutchman, the West Coast premiere of Puts and Campbell’s Silent Night, the world premiere of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread, Tosca, La bohème, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Rigoletto and La traviata.
As staff conductor and cover at the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Marcheso has served on many productions including Les Troyens, Jenufa, Show Boat, Die Meistersinger, Partenope, the San Francisco premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China, and the world premieres of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber and John Adams’ The Girls of the Golden West. Last season he covered works as diverse as Wagner’s Die Walküre and Götterdammerung for the Ring, Roberto Devereux and Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Upcoming productions include Handel’s Orlando and Britten’s Billy Budd.
He was 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 and Turandot and Il trovatore for Festival Opera. Previously Mr. Marcheso was the Music Director for the Amato Opera in New York City.