Gil Rose, Conductor
Gil Rose is recognized as one of a new generation of American conductors shaping the future of classical music. Since 2003 Mr. Rose has served as Music Director of Opera Boston, conducting numerous acclaimed productions including Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. His 2004 production of Verdi's Luisa Miller was recognized by The Boston Globe as "the best Verdi production presented in Boston in the last 15 years.” He made his Chautauqua Opera debut in 2005 with a production of Lucia di Lammermoor and his recording of Samuel Barber's Vanessa for Naxos has been hailed as an important achievement by the international press. He was chosen as the "Best Conductor of 2003" by Opera Online.
In 1996, Rose founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the country's foremost professional orchestra dedicated exclusively to performing and recording music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Under his leadership, BMOP's unique programming and high performance standards have earned the orchestra eight ASCAP awards for adventurous programming as well as the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music. In 2007 Mr. Rose was awarded Columbia University's prestigious Ditson Award as well as an ASCAP Concert Music award for his exemplary commitment to new American Music.
As a guest conductor, Mr. Rose made his Tanglewood debut in 2002 conducting Lukas Foss' opera Griffelkin, a work he recorded for Chandos. In 2003 he debuted with the Netherlands Radio Symphony conducting three world premieres as part of the Holland Festival. He has led the American Composers Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the National Orchestra of Porto as well as several appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.
In June 2003, BMOP and Opera Boston together launched Opera Unlimited, a ten-day contemporary opera festival featuring five operas and three world premieres. Mr. Rose led the world premiere of Elena Ruehr's Toussaint Before the Spirits, the New England premiere of Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face, as well as the revival of John Harbison's A Full Moon in March with "skilled and committed direction" according to The Boston Globe. In 2006 Opera Unlimited presented the North American premiere of Peter Eötvös' Angels in America to critical acclaim.
Gil Rose's extensive discography includes world premiere recordings of music by George Rochberg, Eric Chasalow, Tod Machover, Steven Mackey, Lee Hyla, Steven Paulus, Bernard Rands, Elena Ruehr, Reza Vali and Evan Ziporyn. Upcoming releases include works by composers John Cage, Charles Fussell, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison and Gunther Schuller. His world premiere recording of the complete orchestral music of Arthur Berger was chosen by The New York Times as one of the "Best CD's of 2003."