Praised by Opera News as a conductor who “squeezes every drop of excitement and pathos from the score,” Steven White is one of North America’s premiere conductors of both operatic and symphonic repertoire. In 2010 he made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting two performances of Verdi’s La traviata, starring Angela Gheorghiu, Thomas Hampson and James Valenti. These performances came in the midst of his ongoing relationship with the Met, where, since 2009, he has served as cover conductor for productions of La sonnambula, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez, Iphigénie en Tauride, starring Placido Domingo and Susan Graham, Don Carlo, La fille du régiment, La traviata, Cosi fan tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert.
Upcoming engagements include performances of La traviata with Lyric Opera Baltimore, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and New York City Opera; The Mikado at Virginia Opera; concert and recording with soprano Sarah Coburn in Moscow; and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for The Enchanted Island.
This past spring he performed a symphonic program with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, an all-Wagner concert with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Opera Birmingham, and a concert with Angela Gheorghiu and the Canadian Opera Company orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
Recent notable engagements include the Strauss Four Last Songs with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Naples Philharmonic, internationally televised concerts with Rolando Villazon and the Greek National Radio Symphony Orchestra at the United Nations and Alice Tully Hall, Don Giovanni, Carmen and La bohème at New York City Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor at L’Opera de Montréal, Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du regiment and I puritani with Vancouver Opera, La traviata at Opera Colorado, L’elisir d’amore with Pittsburgh Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Michigan Opera Theater, Roméo et Juliette, I puritani, La sonnambula and L’assedio di Corinto with Baltimore Opera, the Festival Finale Concert at Spoleto Festival USA, Lucia di Lammermoor with New Orleans Opera, The Merry Widow, Tosca and Don Pasquale at Arizona Opera, and La bohème, Carmen, Rigoletto, Tosca and Le Nozze di Figaro with the Naples Philharmonic.
Other performances include Hänsel und Gretel at Kentucky Opera, Pagliacci and Tosca at Nashville Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Fort Worth Opera, Don Giovanni, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Macbeth and Lucia di Lammermoor at Syracuse Opera, Werther at Sarasota Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Wichita Grand Opera, Madama Butterfly with Opera North Carolina, L’elisir d’amore at Wolf Trap Opera, outdoor Gala Concerts with Madison Opera, and La traviata at Indiana University Opera Theater.
As former Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, Maestro White conducted nearly all of that company’s productions from 1999 through 2010, including performances of Fidelio, Falstaff, Otello, Macbeth, Aida, Hänsel und Gretel and many others. He has also served as Principal Conductor for Opera Birmingham and as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Florida Grand Opera.
Maestro White has conducted the New World Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a CHANDOS recording of arias featuring his wife, soprano Elizabeth Futral.
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