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Anne Manson has come to the forefront as one of the most exciting interpreters of operatic and orchestral works in America today.

The New York Times
described Ms. Manson’s debut with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall as “outstanding.” She was the first woman to conduct at the Salzburg Festival and served as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony from 1999 to 2004. As a guest conductor, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston and Indianapolis Symphonies, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Extremadura, and she has guest conducted regularly with many orchestras in Spain.

Her contract as Music Director of Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was recently extended through 2020. This season features Manson leading the Orchestra on a Canadian tour with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Other highlights include concerts with pianist Andrew van Oeyen, cellist Asier Polo, and a production with Théâtre Cercle Molière of the folktake piece Nanabush and the Drum (music by Michael Oesterle).

Gramophone magazine called her recording with the MCO of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3 and Piano Concerto based on Glass’ Oscar-nominated soundtrack for The Hours an “absorbing and impressive performance [of] brilliant ease and assurance.” Their newest release, “Troubadour & the Nightingale”, features soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian singing works of Ravel, Sayat-Nova, and Serouj Kradjian, and was nominated for Juno & Western Canada Music awards. Manson has also recorded with the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Iceland Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Swedish Chamber orchestra.

Ms. Manson is a renowned opera conductor. The New York Daily News reported that Manson’s “magnificent” conducting of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites at The Juilliard School delivered “one of the most thrilling musical experiences I’ve ever had,” and her 2013 interpretation of The Cunning Little Vixen was acclaimed by The New York Times as “glowing, textured and rhapsodic”. After leading New York City Opera in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa – a production that earned her the company’s Richard F. Gold Debut Award – The Times said Manson “has broken into the New York opera scene, and it’s about time”. She has also received Canada’s DORA Award for outstanding musical direction, for her work with the Canadian Opera Company on Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Manson conducted Philip Glass’ Orphée with Portland Opera, and a subsequent recording of the opera was chosen as one of Opera News‘ “Critics’ Pick” of the year. This season, Manson returns to the Juilliard School to conduct Janacek’s Katya Kabanovai. Other recent opera projects include: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at San Francisco Opera; the US premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! at Juilliard; productions of Madama Butterfly and Glass’ Galileo Galilei for Portland Opera (Galileo was released on CD in November 2013); Harbison’s The Great Gatsby for the Aspen Music Festival; Bizet’s Pearl Fishers and Offenbach’s Orfee aux Enfers for Virginia Opera; Janáček’s Katya Kabanova at Spoleto Festival USA; and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Puccini’s Tosca for Minnesota Opera; She has been a regular mentor for the Washington National Opera’s acclaimed American Opera Initiative, with whom she conducted the premiere of Douglas Pew’s one-act opera, Penny, in 2015.