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Music Director, Principal Conductor

Joseph Marcheso

Joseph Marcheso is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera San José. For the 2017-18 season, he serves as principal conductor for Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Verdi’s La traviata. Mr. Marcheso has conducted eighteen productions for OSJ, including last season’s 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, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Puccini’s Suor Angelica/Gianni SchicchiLa traviata, 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 and Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red ChamberIn 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 and Turandot and Il trovatore for Festival Opera. Previously Mr. Marcheso was the Music Director for the Amato Opera in New York City.

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