Anne Manson

Anne Manson


Anne Manson

Winnipeg, Canada

Renowned American conductor Anne Manson wins acclaim around the world for her ability to draw the best performance possible from the players and singers with whom she works, whether they be at the rarified level of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, or students just learning their craft from her in bi-annual opera engagements at the Juilliard School. Reviewers recognize her “exemplary” leadership in crafting performances of both precision and passion.

Music Director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra since 2008, she has led two hugely successful tours with the MCO, with soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Under Ms Manson’s leadership the orchestra is undertaking a new recording scheme, and the MCO continues to explore and expand the chamber orchestra repertoire, commissioning several new works each season.

Her concert programs are an intriguing juxtaposition of standard and contemporary repertoire: she maintains a reputation for excellence in the central symphonic repertoire and music of the early 20th century while remaining passionate about the music of our time. Her guest conducting spans the globe, from the London Philharmonic to the Singapore Symphony, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Paris’s Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Leipzig Radio Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other appearances include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Anne Manson Residentie Orchestra of e Hague, the American Composers Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She conducts frequently in Spain, where in recent years she has formed a special relationship with the Orquesta de Extremadura, appearing annually. Ms Manson was Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony from 1999-2003, where she was widely hailed for transforming the standard of orchestral playing.

Ms Manson came to prominence early in her career as Music Director of the London-based Mecklenburgh Opera, programming operas ranging from Mozart to 20th-century rarities, while commissioning world premieres from a host of contemporary composers. Her opera work continues to draw acclaim and even awards: she received Canada’s top prize for theatre, dance and opera — the DORA Award — for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Canadian Opera, and was named debut artist of the year for Barber’s Vanessa at New York City Opera. Her debut at Minnesota Opera in the US premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio led to an immediate re-invitation for Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (2011). Other recent opera appearances include Così fan tutte for San Francisco Opera, the world premiere of Scott Wheeler’s Democracy for Washington National Opera, and Orphée by Philip Glass for Glimmerglass Opera and in revival for Portland Opera. Other major productions include Carlisle Floyd’s Susanna for the Grand Theatre de Genève, and Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma for the Stockholm Royal Opera. Juilliard has invited her to conduct a wide range of repertoire, from Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers to Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. She returns to Juilliard in 2011 for the American premiere of Peter Maxwell-Davies’s Komilitonen.

A recording of Philip Glass’s opera Orphée, recorded live at Portland Opera, was released in 2010. Other recordings include a flute concerto by Mari Takano with flautist Sharon Bezaly and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and tuba concerti with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra with tubist Øystein Baadsvik, both for BIS, as well as recordings of the music of Anton Keuris and Jon Leifs.

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