Conductor Joseph Mechavich’s passion and commitment to excellence in the art form has helped to forge strong personal and career-defining relationships with a number of opera companies and orchestras in the United States and abroad. Maestro Mechavich has presided over productions of Porgy and Bess for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nixon in China for Auckland Philharmonia/New Zealand Opera and San Diego Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia for The Washington National Opera, Madama Butterfly for New York City Opera, Riders of the Purple Sage for Arizona Opera and Romeo et Juliette for Florida Grand Opera. The 2018-19 season includes Werther with Florida Grand Opera, Dead Man Walking with The Atlanta Opera, Silent Night with Arizona Opera, Die Fledermaus with Opera Tampa, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci with Madison Opera, and Die Zauberflöte with Kentucky Opera.
In addition to his impressive command of the standard operatic repertoire, Maestro Mechavich is also known for his deep commitment to American opera. Mo. Mechavich is a champion of the music of Carlisle Floyd and Jake Heggie. He has conducted productions of Floyd’s Susannah,Of Mice and Men, and Cold Sassy Tree and recorded Wuthering Heights with Florentine Opera. Mo. Mechavich has conducted highly acclaimed productions by Jake Heggie such as Moby-Dick, Great Scott, Out of Darkness: Two Remain and Dead Man Walking. In past seasons Maestro Mechavich has conducted productions for Calgary Opera, Utah Opera, The Aspen Music Festival, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Madison Opera, New England Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Opera Saratoga and Virginia Opera. On the concert stage, Maestro Mechavich has appeared with the Florida Orchestra, The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Virginia Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra.