Biography

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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August 3, 2022

Ravinia Festival: Singers Master Class with James Conlon

Part of the RSMI Master Classes - RSMI Program for Voice

Bennett Gordon Hall

Highland Park, IL

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August 11 & 13, 2022

Ravinia Festival: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Lucas Meachem (baritone)

Martin Theatre

Highland Park, IL

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August 12 & 14, 2022

Ravinia Festival: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito

Featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Matthew Polenzani

Martin Theatre

Highland Park, IL

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

Le Monde de la Musique