artistic director and principal conductor
Joel Revzen holds the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Classical Tahoe, a position he has held since the festival’s inaugural season in 2012.
Maestro Revzen is an award-winning conductor who leads symphony and opera performances throughout North America and Europe. His active recording career includes two releases with the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as critically acclaimed versions of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Grammy-award winning The Art of Arleen Auger on which he was both pianist and conductor. Other recordings include the Mendelssohn Double Concerto with the Moscow Symphony, and an all Libby Larsen recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and soprano Benita Valente.
In the 2016-2017 season, Revzen will celebrate his 13th season on the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera, serving as Assistant Conductor for productions of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algieri, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Bellini’s I Puritani, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Verdi’s Rigoletto.
In December, 2016, Maestro Revzen made led a sold out performance in Moscow with the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra starring Russian star soprano Hibla Gerzmava.
During his 2015-16 season at the Metropolitan Opera, productions included Verdi’s Otello and Rigoletto, Bizet’s Les Pecheur de Perles and Puccini’s La Boheme. Additionally, Revzen made his conducting debut with the Hawaii Symphony in repertoire of R. Strauss, De Falla, Chabrier and Bizet. Just prior to Classical Tahoe’s 5th season, he made his debut at Festival Napa Valley with soloists Kathleen Battle and Sarah Chang. He was immediately invited again for 2017, where he will lead a concert with pianist Andre Watts and a concert performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess starring Lester Lynch and Angel Blue.
In 2014-15, Revzen had his conducting debut with Theater Erfurt, Germany (Carmen) and returned to the Orlando Philharmonic for a production of Puccini’s Tosca as well as a symphonic program with violinist Cho Liang Lin (Shostakovich Violin Concerto).
As Guest Conductor, he has appeared with the Prague Symphony, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Lyon, Orchestra Capital de Toulouse, Philharmonique de Radio France, the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, National Arts Center Orchestra (Canada), and the Chamber Orchestra of San Remo (Italy), among others. At the invitation of Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (Russia), Revzen conducted performances of Berlioz’ La Damnation du Faust, Romeo et Juliette, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Rossini’s Il Barbieri di Siviglia, and most recently, a program of the music of Leonard Bernstein for the prestigious White Nights Festival.
Revzen was invited by Pinchas Zukerman to serve as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a post he held for five years, and was a conducting faculty member for nine summers at the Aspen Music Festival.
Maestro Revzen joined the Arizona Opera in 2003 as Artistic Director/Principal Conductor, and in his decade-long tenure he led 31 opera productions with over 150 performances of a vast variety of operatic repertoire. During 14 years as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Berkshire Opera, highlights included commissioning and leading the world premiere of Steve Paulus’ opera Summer, serving as conductor for the critically acclaimed recording of Menotti’s The Consul, and leading concert performances of Carmen with Denyce Graves at Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood.
Maestro Revzen’s appearance and leadership is generously supported by Ron and Maureen Ashley.