skip to Main Content

Music Director, Principal Conductor

Joseph Marcheso

Joseph Marcheso is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera San José. For the 2018-19 season, he serves as principal conductor for the company premiere of Heggie’s Moby-Dick and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Mr. Marcheso has conducted twenty productions for OSJ, including Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Verdi’s La traviata, the West Coast premiere of Puts’ and Campbell’s Silent Night, La bohème, Verdi’s Rigoletto, the world premiere of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread, Puccini’s Tosca, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Puccini’s Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Gounod’s Faust, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Massenet’s Manon, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love and Lucia di Lammermoor. 

As staff conductor and cover at the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Marcheso worked the productions of Les Troyens, JenufaShow Boat, The Flying Dutchman, Die Meistersinger, Partenope, 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, Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber and John Adam’s The Girls of the Golden WestUpcoming assignments include Die Walküre and Götterdammerung for the SFO Ring in Summer 2018 and Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

In 2013 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.