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George ManahanBack To Performers

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  • director

George Manahan, current music director of the American Composers Orchestra and the Portland Opera, has led an esteemed career embracing everything from opera to concert repertoire, traditional to contemporary. Mr. Manahan is the winner of the prestigious Ditson Conductor’s Award for his support of American music. He served as music director of New York City Opera for fourteen seasons, where the New York Times said he evoked from the orchestra a heartfelt involvement unthinkable in the City Opera pit twenty years prior. As director of orchestral studies at Manhattan School of Music and guest conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Manahan continues the tradition of mentoring young musicians. His guest appearances have included the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the symphonies of Atlanta, San Francisco, New Jersey, and the Hollywood Bowl. A regular guest with the Aspen Music Festival and School, he has also appeared with the opera companies of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, Santa Fe, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera National de Paris, Teatro de Communale de Bologna, and the Bergen Festival and Casals Festival.

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