The 2023-2024 season marks Music Director Antony Walker’s eighteenth season at Pittsburgh Opera, where he will conduct productions of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, and Verdi’s La Traviata. Maestro Walker will also continue as Artistic Director of Washington Concert Opera, conducting performances of Rossini’s rarely performed tragic opera Ermione, as well as Puccini’s La rondine. This season, he makes his debut with the Seattle Symphony conducting Handel’s Messiah.
Last season, he conducted Dvořák’s Rusalka, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Handel’s Ariodante, and Verdi’s Il trovatore with Pittsburgh Opera and joined Washington Concert Opera for performances of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Verdi’s Nabucco.
In the 2021-2022 season, he continued his collaboration with Pittsburgh Opera conducting productions of The Magic Flute, Carmen, and the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s In a Grove. With Washington Concert Opera, he conducted Rossini’s Maometto II, Berlioz’s arrangement of Gluck’s Orphée, and Delibes’ Lakme.
In the 2020-2021 season, Maestro Walker returned to Pittsburgh Opera for productions of Semele, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, and Cosi fan tutte. With Washington Concert Opera he conducted digital concerts of Simon Boccanegra and I Puritani, and was scheduled to conduct Fidelio with North Carolina Opera and Postcard from Morocco with Merola Opera at the San Francisco Opera, however both productions were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Maestro Walker made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2011 with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and has returned to The Met since then to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Pearl Fishers and The Magic Flute. Maestro Walker enjoys superlative reviews not only for his Pittsburgh Opera productions, but also his recent concert performances of Massenet’s rarely-performed Hérodiade and Beethoven’s Leonore at Washington Concert Opera.
In 2010, Maestro Walker made debuts at English National Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor, at Canadian Opera Company in Maria Stuarda, and at The Santa Fe Opera in Madama Butterfly. In 2016 Maestro Walker was proud to conduct Rossini’s monumental Semiramide in Florence, Italy, where the operatic art form was born.
In addition to serving as Artistic Director of Washington Concert Opera in Washington D.C., he is founding Artistic Director and Conductor Emeritus of Pinchgut Opera in Australia, and was Music Director of Cantillation and the Orchestra of the Antipodes for almost 2 decades. He was Chorus Master and Staff Conductor for Welsh National Opera from 1998–2002 and Musical Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs from 1992–1997. Since his conducting debut in 1991, Maestro Walker has led nearly 200 operas, large-scale choral and orchestral works, and numerous symphonic and chamber works with companies in Europe, North America, and Australia.
His extraordinary career includes engagements with Opera Australia, Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), Wolf Trap Opera, Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Vancouver Opera, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Opera House Orchestra.