Julien Benichou Named Washington Opera Society’s New Artistic Director

By Afton Wooten

On Feb.1, Julien Benichou began his role as Washington Opera Society’s (WOS) general and artistic director.

Benichou is a highly sought-after guest conductor throughout the U.S. and internationally. Benichou currently also serves as music director for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He has also led such organizations as New York City Ballet, Annapolis Symphony, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Baltimore Concert Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Parana, St. Petersburg State Symphony, Siberian State Symphony, and the Free State Symphony.

Michael Reilly, founder and executive director of WOS said in a press release “Knowing that my friend Julien would be taking over the leadership of the WOS made my decision to step down much easier. He is extraordinarily talented and has my full support. I can’t think of anyone who would be better suited to fill that position.”