General Director Plácido Domingo announced today that Grant Gershon has renewed his contract at LA Opera’s Resident Conductor, effective through June of 2017.
“I could not be happier with Grant’s extraordinary work in Los Angeles,” said Mr. Domingo. “He is a superb and insightful conductor who has led some of our most unforgettable productions. His exemplary work with the LA Opera Chorus over the past seven seasons has made our chorus, without question, equal to that of the finest opera houses in the world. We are fortunate to have a musician of his caliber as a colleague and friend, and I am thrilled that we will be able to continue our remarkable partnership well into the future.”
“I’m delighted to continue working closely with Plácido Domingo and James Conlon in this capacity” said Mr. Gershon. “Many of my most profound musical experiences have been with LA Opera, both on the podium and ‘behind the scenes.’ It is extraordinarily gratifying for me to have a role in the powerful artistic growth of this company. As Resident Conductor of the LA Opera and Artistic Director of the LA Master Chorale, I am honored and humbled to play a part in the musical leadership of my native city.”
“Grant's contributions to the musical standards of the house have been enormous, and his great musicianship and warm positive personality have helped us all in continually improving the level of performances,” said James Conlon. “The mark of a great opera company is not measured in the stars who pass through, but by those who are its residents and perform night after night, season after season. The standards of the orchestra and chorus define the musical level of the theater. I could not have a better partner than Grant in pursuing our artistic goals.”
About Grant Gershon
Mr. Gershon was first named Resident Conductor of LA Opera in 2012, having served as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master since 2007. He made his LA Opera debut as conductor in 2009 with La Traviata. He also conducted the world premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino in 2010, which was filmed for a subsequent telecast on PBS’s “Great Performances” and DVD release. In 2011, he conducted LA Opera’s presentation of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, choreographed by Mark Morris. Since then, he has also conducted LA Opera productions of Madame Butterfly (2012), Lee Holdridge’s Dulce Rosa (2013) and Carmen (2013). In the coming season, he will conduct LA Opera’s December 2014 revival of Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas.