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Andrew Whitfield

Andrew Whitfield is currently the Chorus Director and Associate Conductor at Minnesota Opera, a post he has held since 2018. In his time at Minnesota Opera, Andrew has conducted performances of La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Carmen (upcoming), as well as prepared the choruses for the world premieres of Joel Puckett's The Fix and Paola Prestini's Edward Tulane. Prior to that, Andrew was the Resident Conductor and Chorus Master at Opera San José. During his tenure there, he conducted performances of La Voix humaine, I Pagliacci, Les Pêcheurs de perles, Il Trovatore, Falstaff, Hansel and Gretel, Rigoletto, L'Italiana in Algeri, Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème, La Rondine, Così fan tutte and Der fliegende Holländer. In 2016, Andrew joined the music staff of San Francisco Opera to serve as prompter for the world premiere of Bright Sheng's Dream of the Red Chamber. As Chorus Director, he has prepared over forty different operas, including the American premiere of Alma Deutscher's Cinderella, which was released on Blu-ray by Sony Classical. Equally active in symphonic repertoire, Andrew has served as assistant/cover conductor at the San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra, working with conductors like Dame Jane Glover, Pablo Heras-Casado, Edward Gardner, Krzysztof Urbański, Semyon Bychkov, Susanna Mälkki and Karina Canellakis.