Jose Maria Condemi

Jose Maria Condemi

Jose Maria Condemi’s directorial work, which has been presented by companies in North America and abroad, encompasses an eclectic range of styles and repertoire and has been consistently praised for its creatively theatrical and innovative approach.

His productions have graced the stages of the Teatro Colon, San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Portland Opera, Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Colorado, Florida Grand Opera, to name a few.  Most recently, he returned to the theatre to lead his productions of Rigoletto for Central City Opera and Tosca for Cincinnati Opera.  His production of Frida will return to Michigan Opera Theatre in 2022.

Condemi is the Carol Franc Buck Distinguished Chair and the Director of Opera and Musical Theater at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was also the Artistic Director of Opera Santa Barbara from 2010 until 2015 where he oversaw artistic planning and the Studio Artists Program.

Calendar

Event Date
Feb 26
to
Feb 27
Frida
Director
Michigan Opera Theatre
Detroit, Michigan

Artist Bio

Jose Maria Condemi’s directorial work, which has been presented by companies in North America and abroad, encompasses an eclectic range of styles and repertoire and has been consistently praised for its creatively theatrical and innovative approach.

Notable engagements include Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Faust, Tosca, Così fan tutte, Un ballo in maschera, The Elixir of Love for Families and the world premiere of The Secret Garden (San Francisco Opera), Ernani, Tristan und Isolde and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Families (Lyric Opera Chicago), Aida (Houston Grand Opera), Luisa Miller (Canadian Opera Company), Orphée et Eurydice, La bohème, Tosca and Il trovatore (Seattle Opera), Frida (Michigan Opera Theater), Tosca, Ainadamar, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Il trovatore and Maria de Buenos Aires (Cincinnati Opera), A Streetcar Named Desire (Kentucky Opera), Don Giovanni (Portland Opera), Cosi fan tutte and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Atlanta Opera), Cendrillon (New Orleans Opera), The Elixir of Love (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Maria Padilla (Minnesota Opera), Florencia en el Amazonas (Opera Colorado and Utah Opera), Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Colon/Buenos Aires), Il trovatore (Austin Lyric Opera), Tosca and Maria de Buenos Aires (Florida Grand Opera), La traviata (Wolftrap Opera), Carmen (Lyric Opera of Kansas City), Falstaff, Die Zauberflöte, L’elisir d’amore, La rondine, Don Pasquale and La traviata (Opera San Jose), Susannah and Roméo et Juliette (Festival Opera) and the San Francisco Opera Western Opera Theater’s national tours of Die Fledermaus and Don Giovanni. As Associate Director, he has worked on The Ring Cycle and Les Troyens (San Francisco Opera), Così fan tutte (Lyric Opera Chicago) Un ballo in maschera (Canadian Opera Company) and Falstaff (Houston Grand Opera.) Collaborations with contemporary composers include directing the world premieres of Hector Armienta’s River of Women and The Weeping Woman and the workshop performance of San Francisco Opera’s newly commissioned piece Earthrise by 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan. Current and upcoming directing engagements include new productions of Tosca (Cincinnati Opera) and La traviata (Opera Naples) as well as his production of Frida (Michigan Opera Theatre). 

His theater directing credits include Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists, Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden and Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. Mr. Condemi is also in high demand as a trainer of young artists and has been a guest lecturer, master teacher and stage director for the San Francisco Opera Center, Seattle Opera Young Artists Program, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Houston Grand Opera Studio, Indiana University, University of Cincinnati/CCM, University of Houston Moores School, Opera Theater of Lucca and the New National Theater Young Artists Programme in Tokyo. Highlights of his educational directing assignments include new productions of Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, La bohème, La cenerentola and A Streetcar Named Desire for the Merola Opera Program, Così fan tutte for the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program and Dead Man Walking for Indiana University.

Originally from Argentina, Mr. Condemi received an undergraduate degree in Opera Stage Direction at the Teatro Colón/Buenos Aires and completed a Master of Fine Arts in Directing at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was also a first-time Adler Fellow in Stage Direction at the San Francisco Opera and a Fulbright Fellow.  He is the Carol Franc Buck Distinguished Chair and the Director of Opera and Musical Theater at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was also the Artistic Director of Opera Santa Barbara from 2010 until 2015 where he oversaw artistic planning and the Studio Artists Program.

Jose Maria Condemi maintains an active presence in the training of opera singers throughout the United States and abroad. He has been guest faculty and Master Class leader for high-profile training programs such as the San Francisco Opera Center, Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Houston Grand Opera Studio, Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center, Seattle Opera Young Artists’ Program, the New National Theatre Young Artists’ Programme (Tokyo) and the Opera Theater of Lucca (Italy).

His training program-related directing work include La Boheme, La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica and A Streetcar Named Desire (Merola Opera Program, San Francisco Opera Center), Cosi fan Tutte (Seattle Opera YAP) and Barber of Seville for Families (Lyric Opera of Chicago), La Traviata (Wolftrap Opera) as well as several staged scenes program in the United States, Japan, Italy and Argentina.

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FRIDA – Michigan Opera Theatre

IL TROVATORE – Seattle Opera

ERNANI – Lyric Opera of Chicago

TOSCA – San Francisco Opera