Gregory Buchalter is the Artistic Director and conductor of Opera Fairbanks, Opera Camerata of Washington and formerly of Opera Las Vegas. In Fairbanks he has conducted La Boheme, Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, Tosca, La Cenerentola, L’Italiana in Algeri, Hansel and Gretel, Magic Flute, Pagliacci and concerts featuring Vivica Genaux. During his leadership with these companies, he has brought in many internationally renowned singers including Paul Plishka, Sondra Radvanovsky, Francisco Casanova, and Alessandra Marc.
Maestro Buchalter is also an active symphonic conductor. He recently had a great successes in Fairbanks conducting Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances as well as a recent concert in Belgrade featuring the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
He has conducted Salomé at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland with Maria Ewing and Helga Dernesch, Die Fledermaus at the Vienna Volksoper, and Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail at the Spoleto Festival, Eugene Onegin with the New Opera World Festival in Moscow, Così fan Tutte with the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Sicily and at the Varna International Festival he has conducted Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Così fan Tutte and Candide, L’enfant et les Sortilèges, La Rondine and the Bulgarian premiere of Kurt Weil’s Street Scene.
Mr. Buchalter conducted the American Premiere of Mercadante’s I Due Figaro, Von Winter’s Das Labyrinth, and Donizetti’s Olivo e Pasquale with New York’s Amore Opera and received glowing reviews for the performances. He was the first American to conduct with the Kazakhstan State Opera; the performances there included a televised Gala concert for the President of Kazakhstan.
Mr. Buchalter has been Chorus Master of Santa Fe Opera, where he received great acclaim for his choral preparation for Peter Grimes, Turandot, and many other operas. In addition he was Chorus Master at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, Theater des Westens in Berlin, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.