LSU Alumnus Paul Mauffray Makes Russian Debut
Paul Mauffray’s passion for the operas of Leoš Janáček led him to study in the Czech Republic and work as assistant to conductors Bohumil Gregor, Jiří Bělohlávek, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Kirill Petrenko on over eight productions of Janáček operas at the Prague National Theatre, with the Czech Philharmonic, at the Salzburg Festival, and at Theater an der Wien.
Earlier this season, he conducted a live recording of the recently discovered opera Tabasco with the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, and in March of 2016, he conducted a studio recording of the opera The Scarlet Letter by Fredric Kroll in a return engagement with the Brno Philharmonic where he previously conducted Mozarts Requiem and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (as a last-minute replacement conductor).
In 2011 he coached singers and conducted rehearsals of Janáček’s Makropulos Case at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and he has now made his Russian debut there conducting performances of Dvořák’s Rusalka on April 16 & 17.
A native of Louisiana, Paul Mauffray is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Louisiana State University School of Music where he studied piano with Michael Gurt, cello with Dan Cassin, composition with Dinos Constantinides, and conducting with Timothy Muffit.