The 2019-2020 season marks Music Director Antony Walker’s fourteenth season at Pittsburgh Opera. Original engagements during the COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season include productions of Don Giovanni, Florencia en el Amazonas, Alcina, and Norma. With Washington Concert Opera, where he serves as Artistic Director, he will conduct productions of Hamlet and Simon Boccanegra. Also this season, Maestro Walker will conduct La Rondine for the Peabody Conservatory, Le nozze di Figaro at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Opera San Antonio.
Maestro Walker made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2011 with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridiceand has returned to The Met since then to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Pearl Fishers and The Magic Flute. Maestro Walker enjoys superlative reviews not only for his Pittsburgh Opera productions, but also his recent concert performances of Massenet’s rarely-performed Hérodiade and Beethoven’s Leonore at Washington Concert Opera.
In 2010, Maestro Walker made debuts at English National Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor, at Canadian Opera Company in Maria Stuarda, and at The Santa Fe Opera in Madama Butterfly. In 2016 Maestro Walker was proud to conduct Rossini’s monumental Semiramide in Florence, Italy, where the operatic art form was born.
He currently serves as Artistic Director of Washington Concert Opera in Washington D.C., founding Artistic Director and Conductor Emeritus of Pinchgut Opera in Australia, and was Music Director of Cantillation and the Orchestra of the Antipodes for almost 2 decades. He was Chorus Master and Staff Conductor for Welsh National Opera from 1998–2002 and Musical Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs from 1992–1997. Since his conducting debut in 1991, Maestro Walker has led nearly 200 operas, large-scale choral and orchestral works, and numerous symphonic and chamber works with companies in Europe, North America, and Australia.
His extraordinary career includes engagements with Opera Australia, Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), Wolf Trap Opera, Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Vancouver Opera, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Opera House Orchestra.