Associate Professor of LSU Opera
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
American conductor and pianist Michael Borowitz is currently in his seventh year as Music Director and newly tenured Associate Professor of LSU Opera, where this season he will conduct performances of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, and a program of scenes from modern American composers of opera entitled Opera NOW!.
Now in his fifth season as Music Director, and first year as Artistic Director with Opéra Louisiane, he will conduct performances of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.
He just returned from his second summer in Novafeltria, Italy with La Musica Lirica conducting performances of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri.
His current recordings (all on the Albany label) include Offenbach’s Bluebeard, Kern’s The Cabaret Girl, Herbert’s Mlle. Modiste (also released on DVD by Operetta Archives), and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore and Patience. Newly released on DVD by Operetta Archives is Mr. Borowitz conducting the 2007 Ohio Light Opera production of Kálmán’s The Duchess of Chicago.
For nine years he was Artistic Director of Nevada Opera, and for five seasons he was Music Director for Ohio Light Opera. He has been a guest conductor for La Musica Lirica, Des Moines Metro Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Delaware, Pensacola Opera, AVA Ballet, Eastman School of Music, Opera Idaho, Opera Southwest, Rimrock Opera, Opera Columbus, The Reno Philharmonic and the LSU Symphony Orchestra, as well as assistant conductor with The Metropolitan Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Cleveland Opera.