(New York, New York)
2018–19 Season: Carmen
Making his San Francisco Opera debut with the 2017 The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Concert, James Gaffigan is currently the chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, Germany. He is also in high demand with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. In recent seasons, James Gaffigan has enjoyed guest engagements with the London, Dresden, Czech, and Rotterdam Philharmonics; Vienna Symphony; Dresden Staatskapelle; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Konzerthaus Berlin; Zurich Tonhalle; Gothenburg, Tokyo Metropolitan, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Leipzig, Berlin, and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras. In this country, he has led the San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and National Symphony Orchestras. In opera, James Gaffigan has conducted at the Vienna State Opera (La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro), Glyndebourne Festival (Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola, Falstaff), Norwegian Opera (La Traviata), Hamburg State Opera (Salome), and the Bavarian State Opera (Don Giovanni). In the 2017–18 season, he appears with the Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He also makes debuts with the Chicago Lyric Opera in Così fan tutte and with the Santa Fe Opera in Ariadne auf Naxos, and he returns to the Vienna State Opera for La Traviata. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Netherlands Opera and Metropolitan Opera.