Andrew Bisantz

Andrew Bisantz

A versatile musician acknowledged for his passionate and commanding leadership from the podium, the exciting American conductor Andrew Bisantz is building an impressive roster of credits at leading national orchestras and opera companies throughout the country. As the Music Director at Eugene Opera, Mr. Bisantz has been responsible for the emergence of the company as one of the most noted and important performing arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. In Eugene, he has conducted Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, La bohèmeThe Mikado, CarmenNixon in ChinaPirates of PenzanceDead Man Walking, Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers, La fanciulla del WestL’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, and La traviata.

In the Spring of 2021, he returned to the podium to conduct performances of New York Stories for Florida Grand Opera and Madama Butterfly for Opera Tampa.  This season, Mr. Bisantz will continue his post at Eugene Opera and will conduct A Little Night Music for Arizona Opera.

Calendar

Event Date
Mar 4
to
Mar 13
A Little Night Music
Conductor
Arizona Opera
Phoenix, Arizona

Artist Bio

A versatile musician acknowledged for his passionate and commanding leadership from the podium, the exciting American conductor Andrew Bisantz is building an impressive roster of credits at leading national orchestras and opera companies throughout the country. As the Music Director at Eugene Opera, Mr. Bisantz has been responsible for the emergence of the company as one of the most noted and important performing arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. In Eugene, he has conducted Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, La bohèmeThe Mikado, CarmenNixon in ChinaPirates of PenzanceDead Man Walking, Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers, La fanciulla del WestL’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, and La traviata.

In the Spring of 2021, he returned to the podium to conduct performances of New York Stories for Florida Grand Opera and Madama Butterfly for Opera Tampa.  This season, Mr. Bisantz will continue his post at Eugene Opera and will conduct A Little Night Music for Arizona Opera.

In recent seasons, Mr. Bisantz conducted Opera Saratoga’s production of The Consul, a concert entitled “Mozart’s Operatic Favorites” with Buffalo Philharmonic, Albert Herring at McGill University, Tosca with Tri-Cities Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro for Florida Grand Opera, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant for American Lyric Theater, La fille du regiment with Opera Saratoga, Dialogues des Carmelites with Savannah Voice Festival, as well as his company’s productions of As One and H.M.S. Pinafore, La fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera, Macbeth for Opera Tampa, Don Giovanni with Northwestern University, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Eugene Opera. Notable engagements from the past few seasons include returns to Florida Grand Opera for Rigoletto, Menotti’s The Consul, and Die Zauberflöte; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at McGill University; Rigoletto at Opera Coeur d’Alene and Tri-Cities Opera; Verdi’s La traviata for Virginia Opera; Le nozze di Figaro at Opera San José; La faniciulla del West at Opera Omaha; and Don Giovanni at Savannah Voice Festival and in his début with Wolf Trap Opera. He also conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra under the famed Hatch Shell and sold-out performances of Rhapsody in Blue with Buffalo Philharmonic.

He made his European début conducting concerts with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto in Porto, Portugal and returned conducting a concert of Bomtempo’s Requiem with the OSP and the Coro Casa da Música. He also recently débuted at the Brevard Music Center, conducting Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for the Janiec Opera Company.

For his début with Boston Lyric Opera leading The Turn of the Screw, The Boston Globe selected it as one of the ten top Boston classical music events of 2010, and The Boston Musical Intelligencer noted that “Conductor Andrew Bisantz led the small group of instrumentalists with skill and an impeccable ear for balance…in those instances when the players were the focal point, especially the interludes that fall between each scene, the musicianship was effective and inspired.” He subsequently returned for productions of Tosca and Madama Butterfly.

Mr. Bisantz previously served as Associate Conductor of Florida Grand Opera (FGO). He made his FGO main stage début conducting Bizet’s Carmen for the company’s historic final performances at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. With FGO, he also conducted Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, La Cenerentola, La bohèmeDon Giovanni, and Manon Lescaut. At FGO General Director Robert Heuer’s 25th Anniversary Gala, Maestro Bisantz led the FGO Orchestra in performance with notable artists such as Elizabeth Futral, Katharine Goeldner, Kyle Pfortmiller, and David Pomeroy.

Additional positions held include Assistant Conductor at Glimmerglass Opera, where he conducted Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon; Apprentice Conductor and Associate Producer of the Buffalo Philharmonic National Public Radio broadcasts; Music Director of the Florida International University Opera Theatre; and faculty member of VOICExperience, a summer voice program created by legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes and soprano Maria Zouves.

Mr. Bisantz earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Fredonia State College, where he studied piano with Robert Jordan and conducting with Grant Cooper. He completed his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with legendary conductors such as Carl Topilow, Louis Lane, and current Music Director of New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert.

Updated September 1, 2021.

Video

Excerpts from The Magic Flute at Florida Grand Opera

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Interview with Opera McGuill

Press

"...conducted with rocking rhythmic energy..." – Opera News

Nixon in China – “The orchestra under Andrew Bisantz, Eugene Opera’s music director, did full justice to John Adams’s magnificent, often beautiful score. Bisantz conducted with rocking rhythmic energy and a wide dynamic range, wonderfully soft in such lyrical passages as the banquet toasts and Chou En-lai’s closing lines.”

"...He summoned the gloriously romantic, cinematic music with crisp execution..." – Virginia Times Dispatch

La Fanciulla del West – “Andrew Bisantz’s conducting was the first of many master strokes. He summoned the gloriously romantic, cinematic music with crisp execution, from the foreboding power of the percussion to the romantic beauty of the strings to the pastoral shades of the horns.”

“…Bisantz is a powerhouse…” – Buffalo News

Don Giovanni – “Bisantz is a powerhouse who plays harpsichord to accompany the recitatives, conducts charmingly with no baton, and even stepped in for a cameo role as the Commandatore in "Don Giovanni." The Commandatore dies at the start of the opera and so Bisantz spent a couple minutes simply lying in the middle of the stage. You had to love him for that…And you had to love him for this unusual program. Currently, Bisantz is music director of the Eugene Opera, and he must put some thought into how to widen the audience for this ancient art form. This concert is one that could make anyone want to hear more.”

"...Bisantz evoked lines interwoven beautifully with the vocals..." – Mercury News

The Marriage of Figaro – “In his Opera San Jose debut, conductor Andrew Bisantz revealed the emotions behind Mozart’s incredible technique. The composer’s favorite number, the Act III sextet, was a revelatory experience. Bisantz evoked lines interwoven beautifully with the vocals, with textures crystal clear, giving the mastery of Mozart’s counterpoint its resplendent shine.”

"… Bisantz brought the act to a truly terrifying climax…” – The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Tosca – “Under Andrew Bisanz’s baton, the BLO orchestra brought Puccini’s score to life. The reminiscence motives weresubtly marked and Puccini’s instrumentation was treated with an extraordinary sensitivity. Particularly remarkable was the first act’s grand crescendo… Bisantz brought the act to a truly terrifying climax…”