American conductor Steven Sloane is currently the head conductor of two dynamic ensembles. Since becoming music director of the Bochumer Symphoniker in 1994, he has transformed the ensemble into the leading orchestra of the region. In 2007, he also became principal conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. As artistic director of Ruhr 2010, he experienced an exciting year full of resounding highlights such as the successful “Day of Song,” the finale of which featured him conducting a choir of 65,000. His highly successful debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2011 was followed by engagements at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Holland Festival.
As an opera conductor, he has directed the Spoleto Festival (1996-2000) and was artistic director of Opera North in Leeds (1999-2003), where he conducted rarely performed works such as Shostakovich’s operetta Cheryomushki and Schumann’s Genoveva, in addition to traditional repertoire such as Tosca, Falstaff and Tristan und Isolde. He has conducted at Covent Garden (The Marriage of Figaro), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (The Cunning Little Vixen), the Houston Grand Opera (The Makropoulos Affair) and at festivals in Hong Kong (Salome) and Santa Fe (Kat'a Kabanova). In 2011, he returned to Spoleto as guest conductor. He made his LA Opera debut in 2006 conducting the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal's Grendel.