Joseph Mechavich makes his NCO conducting debut with The Magic Flute. Maestro Mechavich has conducted many contemporary operas, including Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, Great Scott, Out of Darkness: Two Remain, and Three Decembers, and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Cold Sassy Tree, Of Mice and Men and Wuthering Heights, Craig Bohmler and Steven Mark’s Riders of the Purple Sage (based on the novel by Zane Grey), Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night, Jody Talbot and Gene Scheer’s Everest, Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
He has also conducted much of the standard operatic canon in leading American opera houses. Recent highlights include Il barbiere di Siviglia at The Washington National Opera and at Minnesota Opera, Werther at Florida Grand Opera, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci at Madison Opera, Eugene Onegin at Curtis Institute of Music, Ariadne auf Naxos, Macbeth, and Madama Butterfly at Kentucky Opera where he serves as Artistic Advisor.
Past international engagements include The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Deutsche Oper Berlin and at Cape Town Opera, Silent Night at Calgary Opera, and Nixon in China for a co-production between Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Opera.