James Conlon is one of today’s most versatile and respected conductors. Since his 1974 debut with the New York Philharmonic, he has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra. Mr. Conlon is Music Director of Los Angeles Opera and the Cincinnati May Festival, and in 2017 begins his tenure as Principle Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino, Italy. He has also served as Music Director of the Ravinia Festival (2005-2015); Principal Conductor of Paris National Opera (1995-2004); General Music Director of the City of Cologne, Germany (1989-2002), where he was Music Director of both the Gürzenich Orchestra-Cologne Philharmonic and the Cologne Opera; and Music Director of Rotterdam Philharmonic (1983-1991). He has conducted more than 270 performances at the Metropolitan Opera since his debut there in 1976; and has conducted at Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Teatro del Opera di Roma. In an effort to raise awareness of the significance of lesser-known works of composers silenced by the Nazi regime, Conlon has devoted himself to extensive programming of this music throughout Europe and North America. For championing these works, he received the Crystal Globe Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 2007. In 2002, he received the Légion d'honneur from the French Republic.
This performance marks James Conlon's La Jolla Music Society debut.