Thu January 15, 2009
Maestro Christofer Macatsoris
Music Director of The Academy of Vocal Arts since 1977, Maestro Macatsoris began his conducting career in Italy at the Conservatory in Milan. He went on to study conducting privately with such famed maestri as Fausto Cleva, Max Rudolf, and Tullio Serafin, and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti. Among his many performance credits are appearances with Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Pennsylvania Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, and numerous regional opera companies. In 1970, Max Rudolf invited him to The Curtis Institute of Music, where he taught and conducted for seven years.
At AVA, Maestro Macatsoris has led critically acclaimed performances of Puccini's ll trittico and Madama Butterfly, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Die Entf?hrung aus dem Serail, and Britten's Albert Herring, which was broadcast on PBS. In addition, many operas received their Delaware Valley premieres at AVA under his baton, including Mozart's Idomeneo and La finta giardiniera, Handel's Deidamia, Strauss's Capriccio, Verdi's Un giorno di regno, Puccini's Edgar and Richard Wargo's A Chekhov Trilogy. Mr. Macatsoris has appeared at The International Corfu Festival, Greece, in 1981 and 1982, leading performances of The Rape of Lucretia, La sonnambula, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Cos fan tutte.
Academy of Vocal Arts website