James Conlon, one of today’s most versatile and respected conductors, has cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire. Since his 1974 debut with the New York Philharmonic, he has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra. Through worldwide touring, an extensive discography and videography, numerous essays and commentaries, frequent television appearances and guest speaking engagements, Mr. Conlon is one of classical music’s most recognized interpreters.

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Conlon is the real thing: a master of the orchestra with genuine theatricality and no discernible narcissism.

Los Angeles Times

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April 10 & 11, 2023

Recovered Voices

Colburn School & Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices Symposium

Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center

Davis, CA


March 25 – April 16, 2023

Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande

Sydney Mancasola & Will Liverman

LA Opera | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Los Angeles, CA


May 25, 2023

Cincinnati May Festival

World premiere of new work by Julia Adolphe & Mozart's Requiem with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony

Music Hall

Cincinnati, OH


He is a miracle of equilibrium: his dramatic intuition never fails, nor betrays the transparency of the music…

Le Monde de la Musique