Michael Sakir

CONDUCTOR

"INTRODUCING MICHAEL SAKIR"
Introducing Michael Sakir
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"HOW TO MAKE "PASTA ALLA NORMA""
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"OVERTURE"
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Michael Sakir

Praised for his "artistic authority," "fluidity of expression," and "great delicacy of feeling," Michael Sakir's recent conducing engagements include Seattle Opera, Opera Memphis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Eugene Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera Company of Middlebury, and Intermountain Opera Bozeman.

Opera Company of Middlebury
Music Director, Since 2017
Intermountain Opera Bozeman
Interim Artistic Director, 2020
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Schedule

The Maid of Orleans
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Opera Company of Middlebury, 2021


Suor Angelica & Gi...
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Opera Memphis, 2020

The Falling and th...
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Seattle Opera, 2019

As One
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Opera Memphis, 2019

Die Fledermaus
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Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Festival, 2019

Susannah
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Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Festival, 2019

Biography

Conductor Michael Sakir has been praised for his "artistic authority," "fluidity of expression," and "great delicacy of feeling." He serves as Interim Artistic Director of Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Music Director of the Opera Company of Middlebury. He recently completed his fourth and final season as Music Director of Opera Memphis, with whom he was deeply involved in the company's groundbreaking civic practice programs, community partnerships, and commissioning projects. 

In the 2019-2020 season, Sakir made his Seattle Opera debut conducting Jerre Dye and Zachary Redler's The Falling and the Rising - a new opera co-commissioned with the United States Department of Defense and based on interviews with wounded American veterans. 

Other recent guest conducting engagements include Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Shreveport Opera, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Eugene Opera, Northwestern University, American Opera Projects, Opera in the Ozarks, and Opera North (NH).  

Sakir has held chorus master, assistant conductor, and coach positions for nearly three dozen productions with Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Opera Boston. 

Sakir holds bachelor degrees in Piano Performance and Music History from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory. He was a participant in the 2017 OPERA America Leadership Intensive.
“Under the steady baton of Michael Sakir, every calculated effect was carefully allowed its proper place. Maestro Sakir’s concentration never wavered and he led his amassed forces through the complex writing with insight and skill. He was in full command of the most minute shifts of the sound palette, and he found a wonderful build to the final expansive choral statement.” Opera Today - July 2016

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