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Steven Mercurio, conductor

Sara Ioannedes

Maestro Steven Mercurio is an internationally acclaimed conductor and composer whose musical versatility encompasses the symphonic and operatic worlds. Maestro Mercurio is also a sought after collaborator for many award winning recordings, arrangements and film projects.

For the stage, he has conducted more than forty-five different operas in six different languages. His engagements have taken him to many of the world's best loved opera houses including the Teatro dell'Opera, Roma; Teatro Bellini, Catania; Teatro Filarmonico, Verona; Teatro Reggio, Torino; Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Bonn Opera, Teatro Massimo, Palermo; Teatro Verdi, Trieste; English National Opera as well as the American opera companies of San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit, Opera Pacific, Florida Grand, Pittsburgh and Dallas.

In addition to Maestro Mercurio's operatic repertoire, his symphonic appearances have included; the London Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Teatro Reggio Torino, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Sacramento and San Diego Symphony Orchestras in addition to his own Spoleto Festival Orchestra.

Maestro Mercurio has conducted opera and symphony pieces for several telecasts including the Christmas in Vienna series with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for Sony Classical highlighted by the 1999 concert featuring, The Three Tenors. He also conducted the now classic, PBS broadcast special, American Dream – Andrea Bocelli's Statue of Liberty concert, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Also for PBS, Maestro Mercurio led the 20th Anniversary Richard Tucker Opera Gala with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Internationally, Maestro Mercurio conducted the RAI (Italian) television broadcast of La Boheme from Cagliari, the Spoleto Festival performances of Berlioz's Requiem, Scriabin's Prometheus, Mahler's Second Symphony, and an evening featuring the music of Chick Corea and Mozart with the Youth Orchestra of Santa Cecilia.

Maestro Mercurio's symphonic recordings include the Grammy winning, Chick Corea – Concerto with the London Philharmonic, Fanfare for the Volunteer with Mark O'Connor also with the London Philharmonic, Richard Einhorn's cantata, Voices of Light, with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir, Leo Brouwer's Concerto de Toronto, featuring guitarist John Williams and the London Sinfonietta and Storyteller, featuring the compositions of Wynton Marsalis, Patrick Doyle and Edgar Meyer with the St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro Mercurio conducted the United States premiere of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg, for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, and recently recorded Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. For the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he performed Menotti's opera, Goya (recorded for Nuova Era), Puccini's Il Trittico, Berg's, Wozzeck, Korngold's Die Tote Stadt, Shostakovich's The Nose and John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1. Amongst his accomplishments was the highly acclaimed Italian premiere of the complete version of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg, for the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Italian premiere of Andre Previn's, Streetcar Named Desire, in Torino and the Italian premiere of Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark in Palermo and Rome. He conducted a new production of Zandonai's I Cavaliere di Ekebu, and Verdi's La Traviata for the Staatsoper Bonn, and London's English National Opera, Puccini's La Boheme and Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman, for the San Francisco Opera.
As a composer, Maestro Mercurio's compositions include songs, chamber works, and pieces for large orchestra. For Lost Loved Ones, was given its world premiere by Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His most recent composition, Mercurial Overture, was given its world premiere by the Oslo Philharmonic in a concert telecast honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winners with Maestro Mercurio conducting.

Maestro Mercurio has written arrangements for a wide array of artists including Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Ben Heppner, Bryn Terfel, Marcello Giordani and Secret Garden.

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