American conductor Joseph Mechavich has established a leading position on the modern music podium with breakthrough productions of contemporary opera such as 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. The 2021-22 season sees the eminent conductor pacing La bohème at North Carolina Opera, An American Dream at Kentucky Opera, and two productions at The Curtis Institute of Music The Medium/Triple-sec and Dangerous Liaisons.
Today, some of M. Mechavich’s greatest successes lie in his interpretation of the most significant contemporary titles currently on the US opera scene, including Talbot’s Everest, Bohlmer’s Riders of the Purple Sage, Puts’s Silent Night, Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Adams’s Nixon in China, and Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Although known for his vast knowledge of contemporary repertoire, M. Mechavich can also be found conducting much of the standard operatic canon in leading US opera houses; recent highlights include Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Washington National Opera and at Minnesota Opera, Werther at Florida Grand Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Madison Opera, Eugene Onegin at Curtis Institute, Ariadne auf Naxos, Macbeth and Madama Butterfly at Kentucky Opera where he serves as Artistic Advisor.
Past international engagements include Porgy & Bess at Deutsche Oper Berlin and at Cape Town Opera, Silent Night, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Turandot at Calgary Opera, and Nixon in China for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra/New Zealand Opera.
A native of Long Lake, Minnesota, Joseph studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music then the Yale University School of Music.