Heralded as the “…embodiment of classical clarity” (Minnesota Star Tribune), Aaron Breid is rapidly garnering acclaim as an operatic and symphonic conductor. His precise and passionate leadership has distinguished him as a sought-after guest conductor and an integral collaborator on large scale opera productions.
Highlights among recent guest conductor engagements include Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Minnesota Opera, Miami Music Festival, and Orchestra Seattle.
The 2023/2024 season will see Breid’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts début with Washington National Opera, conducting Turandot. He will also join San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and The Atlanta Opera, collaborating on productions of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Last summer, he conducted Hänsel und Gretel at Miami Music Festival and collaborated on the revival of Vanessa at Spoleto Festival, USA.
Breid has stepped in to conduct more than a dozen performances of Turandot, Carmen, Il trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, and The Ballad of Baby Doe with Minnesota Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Omaha, and Virginia Opera.
Known for his contributions to the German and French grand repertoire, recent performances include Tannhäuser (Los Angeles Opera), Elektra (Washington National Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera), Samson et Dalila(Washington National Opera, North Carolina Opera), Wozzeck (Des Moines Metro Opera), Faust (Washington National Opera), Arabella(Minnesota Opera), Der Freischütz (Virginia Opera), Cendrillon (Miami Music Festival), and Siegfried Act III in concert (North Carolina Opera).
Past seasons have seen Breid collaborate on productions with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Palm Beach Opera; symphony highlights have included performances with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Heartland Philharmonic, UNO Chamber Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, Golden Valley Symphony, Edina Chorale and Orchestra, and collaborations with New West Symphony and Charlotte Symphony.
"...He led the large ensemble in a clean and unified reading..." – South Florida Classical Review
Hansel and Gretel – "Conductor Aaron Breid’s taut pacing ensured that the momentum never flagged. He led the large ensemble in a clean and unified reading while keeping individual instrumental voices transparent”
"... clearly coached to near-perfection by chorus master Aaron Breid." – Communities Digital News
Turandot – "A big hat tip as well to the company's fine chorus, clearly coached to near-perfection by chorus master Aaron Breid. The choral singing-very important in this opera-was tight, clean, well enunciated and dramatically quite effective."