Timothy Long is a conductor and pianist of Muscogee, Thlopthlocco, and Choctaw descent who is Music Director of Opera at the Eastman School of Music. After working on Thomas Adès and Philip Hensher’s operatic tour-de-force Powder Her Face at the Aspen Music Festival, Tim was appointed by Robert Spano to be his assistant conductor for three years at the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and he was subsequently named an associate conductor at the New York City Opera for two seasons.
His early training as a pianist and violinist led to work with singers, and eventually to conducting engagements that have included companies such as Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Pacific Opera Victoria, City Opera Vancouver, Shreveport Opera, Opera New England, The Juilliard School, Yale Opera, Stony Brook Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra, and Off-Broadway with The New Group.
Recent performances include Kate Soper’s evocative Here Be Sirens Suite, Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Proving Up, and Into the Woods, all for Eastman Opera Theatre. Last season, Tim conducted the American Premiere of Missingat Anchorage Opera, led and played harpsichord for the concert Bach Family with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and joined Wolf Trap Opera to lead Semele. This season, he joins the Metropolitan Opera as the cover conductor for X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. [read more...]
"... deft musical direction..." – Rochester City Newspaper
The Tibetan Book of the Dead – “Eastman's take on "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" leaves the audience with plenty to ponder: a heartfelt reflection on death as a vital part of life, sung with conviction and manifested through intelligent set design by Daniel Hobbs and deft musical direction by conductor Timothy Long."
“... verve and confidence…” – Tulsa World
Tulsa Opera Gala – “Oklahoma native Timothy Long, in his company debut, led the Tulsa Opera Orchestra through the wide-ranging program with verve and confidence."
"... a colorful performance…” – Salt Lake Tribune
Die Zauberflöte – “Tim Long conducted the Utah Symphony in a colorful performance of Mozart’s rich score.”
"... lively, spot-on tempos..." – The Denver Post
La Cenerentola – “Pacing is everything in this meticulously interwoven production, and conductor Timothy Long could hardly handle it more adroitly, with lively, spot-on tempos that kept the action - and the comedy - whizzing along.”
"... full command of the score..." – Boulder Daily Camera
Dead Man Walking – “New to CU Opera is Timothy Long, guest music director for this production. He has a full command of the score, stressing that despite its melodic richness there is nothing saccharine about it, for throughout the work Heggie keeps a firmly defined distance from sentimentality.”