OCASEK MAKES DEBUT WITH ABAY OPERA HOUSE
Following successful performances in Yerevan, Ocasek travels to Almaty to make his debut with the Kazakhstan opera house. This marks another debut in the conductor’s list of growing cities and countries, as he joins this well-respected company for performances of Carmen.
FROM MOZART TO BIZET: OCASEK’S TRAVELS
Christopher Ocasek’s work on Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Washington DC was a magical event for audience, singers, and conductor alike. Following this project, Ocasek travels east through Vienna to Eurasia to join the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theater for a very different genre of opera, Bizet’s Carmen. Join Christopher Ocasek in Yerevan for performances charged with stunning orchestral playing and passionate singing!
DID YOU KNOW?
Early in Christopher’s career, he worked closely as assistant to several world-renowned conductors such as Patrick Fournillier, Emmanuel Villaume, James Gaffigan, Lawrence Foster, and Philippe Auguin
Conducting his first opera at 21 years old and his first professional production at 23 years old, Christopher began his early training as a singer and choral conductor before taking off in the orchestral and opera worlds
Christopher has lived in Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and the United States, speaks English, French, and German fluently, and has a working knowledge of Italian and Russian
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE PROJECT TAKES OCASEK TO WASHINGTON
Christopher Ocasek has a special relationship with the US capital, Washington DC and he will be returning to lead a Die Zauberflöte project in collaboration with the Potomac Vocal Institute. The institute, founded by renowned American soprano Elizabeth Bishop, specializes in preparing young professional singers on the brink of great careers.
OCASEK RETURNS TO ALMA MATER TO WORK WITH STUDENTS
In a continuing effort to give back to the important institutions in his life, Christopher Ocasek will travel to Florida State University to work with music students at his alma mater. Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestral Activities Alexander Jiménez continues to lead one of the most prestigious conducting and orchestral training programs in the United States.
OCASEK TO CONDUCT ZÂGARS PRODUCTION OF MANON
After resounding success during the Francophonie Summit in performances of Manon, Christopher Ocasek will return to Armenia’s capital to conduct performances of the Andrejs Zâgars production of the Massenet opera. Manon makes its Armenian debut this year, with Ocasek leading all the performances of one of the conductor’s most cherished operas.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHRISTOPHER OCASEK IN REGIONAL POST INTERVIEW
Amalie Khachatryan sits down with conductor Christopher Ocasek to discuss his experience with the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theater, Manon, his international career, and more. Click on the link to read his insightful discussion with the Regional Post.
CELEBRATORY YEREVAN PREMIERE OF NEW CARMEN PRODUCTION WITH OCASEK AT HELM
In a new era at the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theater ushered in by new general director Constantine Orbelian, Christopher Ocasek is highly involved. Coming off of the first performances of Carmen in Dubai history and performances of Manon for 54 heads of state as part of the Francophonie Summit, Ocasek continues momentum forward with the company in the Yerevan premiere of Naire Stepanyan’s stunning new production of Carmen. The performances welcome home world-renowned Armenian singers to the stage for the celebratory performances.
OCASEK STRENGTHENS RELATIONSHIP WITH YEREVAN IN HIGHLY ANTICIPATED "FRANCOPHONIE" PERFORMANCES
Joining the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theater once again, Christopher Ocasek will conduct Jules Massenet’s Manon as part of the Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) Summit, hosted by the capital city of of Armenia. Ocasek has the honor of presenting the French opera for dignitaries and special guests in Yerevan as guest conductor.
OCASEK TRAVELS TO DUBAI TO LEAD CARMEN PERFORMANCES
Christopher Ocasek will travel to Dubai with the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theater to conduct performances of Bizet’s classic, Carmen. Upon special invitation, the orchestra and singers will travel to Dubai to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between Armenia and the UAE. The tour will also include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM AND SUMMER 2018
The Miami Music Festival announces Christopher Ocasek to conduct its summer production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A marriage between Britten and Shakespeare, this witty and magical opera and its brilliant orchestration combined with Ocasek’s unique ability to elicit colors and highlight the best in singers is sure to be a performance not to miss.
CHRISTOPHER OCASEK MAKES SPANISH DEBUT WITH TEATRO REAL IN MADRID
Following performances in Beijing of Massenet’s Thaïs with Placido Domingo in the lead role of Athanaël, Christopher Ocasek will again collaborate with the legendary artist, as well as soprano Ermonela Jaho, conductor Patrick Fournillier, and the chorus and orchestra of Teatro Real in a concert version of the same work. Ocasek will prepare singers and orchestra leading up to the performance in his Spanish debut.
OCASEK TO COLLABORATE WITH PLACIDO DOMINGO IN BEIJING DEBUT
In his National Centre for the Performing Arts debut, Christopher Ocasek travels to Beijing, China to prepare an all-star group of singers and collaborate with world-renowned Placido Domingo as Athanaël in Massenet's sublime opera Thaïs. Charged with preparing two casts of singers and orchestra, Ocasek will work closely with Italian director Hugo de Ana to mount the new production. Patrick Fournillier conducts performances of the opera in February 2018.
GLOWING REVIEWS HIGHLIGHT OCASEK'S DEBUT WITH MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM
While no stranger to the San Francisco opera scene, Christopher Ocasek did make his debut this summer with the Merola Opera Program...and to wild acclaim. Charged with performing three one-act operas in one evening, Ocasek made the night fly by with his remarkable ability to pace each work and the evening as a whole, his exquisite attention to musical detail in singing and orchestral playing, and an undeniable spark he brought to the podium.
Of the many responsibilities of a conductor in opera, intensive work with the singers is a cornerstone of the job. To hear what Ocasek was able to do with the already talented singers in the Merola Program (the training program linked to the San Francisco Opera) was not only impressive, but also truly on a level one would hear in major opera houses around the country. It is no wonder Ocasek's work with the singers behind the scenes and in performance took major notice in the San Francisco music scene.
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