Conductor William Long continues to showcase his “masterful command of challenging, multi-stylistic works” (Opera News) with some of the world’s premier musical institutions. In the 2020/21 Season, Long made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra as Cover Conductor in a wide variety of programs throughout the season, working with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda and John Wilson. Upcoming engagements include his debut with the Metropolitan Opera serving as Cover Conductor for Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in my Bones. He returns to San Francisco Opera as Assistant Conductor for Così fan tutte and to workshop a new opera by John Adams and Washington National Opera for Carmen. Recent engagements include his debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducting the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and continuing his relationship as a guest conductor and teaching artist at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
A frequent collaborator with the Washington National Opera, Long has appeared as Cover Conductor at the Kennedy Center for performances of Eugene Onegin, Candide, as well as the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up and Terence Blanchard’s Champion. A native of California, he previously collaborated with San Francisco Opera as Assistant Conductor for Arabella, Hänsel und Gretel and Le nozze di Figaro, and with Los Angeles Opera as Cover Conductor for Gordon Getty’s Usher House and The Canterville Ghost.