Richard Cordova (Pianist and Music Director)
Richard Cordova made his professional debut conducting the Scandinavian Premiere of Bernstein’s Candide in Bergen, Norway, and has subsequently conducted productions for Oper der Stadt Bonn, Opera North (New Hampshire), Sarasota Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Long Beach Opera, Berkshire Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Baltimore Opera.
As a pianist and coach he has collaborated with such artists as Martina Arroyo, Frederica von Stade, Renato Bruson, Florence Quivar and Julia Migenes, and has worked in this capacity for such organizations as the Istanbul Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tulsa Opera, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Florida Grand Opera.
Mr. Cordova has also served on the music staffs of both the Manhattan School of Music and Westminster Choir College. For the past thirteen seasons, he has been associated with Sarasota Opera, having held various titles with the organization including that of Program and Music Director for the Studio Artists. Recently, he was appointed Music Director of The Little Opera Theatre of New York, for whom he conducted the New York stage premiere of Mozart’s early opera seria, Mitridate, re di Ponto in 2011, and the Gustav Holst double bill of The Wandering Scholar and Savitri, in 2012. For the past twenty-one years he has toured internationally with various productions of Porgy and Bess, conducting the work on four continents. Next month he will once again be leading performances of Gershwin’s masterpiece in Linz, Austria.