Opera Tampa Taps Three Guest Conductors For 2017-18

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Tampa has named guest conductors for the 2017-2018 season.

The news comes after the resignation of previous artistic director Daniel Lipton. The result is three conductors for the company.

The first will be Jorge Parodi, now a vocal coach and music director of the Senior Opera Theater at the Manhattan School of Music. The Argentine native will conduct Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” (Feb. 2 and 4). Parodi is currently slated to conduct the world premiere of “Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt” for On Site Opera and has previously taught at the Juilliard School and at VOICExperience, the workshop led by Palm Harbor residents Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves.

The second is Robin Stamper, Opera Tampa’s managing director and chorus master. He will conduct Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” (March 2 and 4). An Orlando native, Stamper served as music director for the Kentucky Opera in Louisville and the Nevada Opera and has worked with Opera Orlando.

The third conductor will be Andrew Bisantz, who just finished his ninth season as music director of the Eugene Opera. Bisantz will conduct Verdi’s “Macbeth” (April 13 and 15). Bisantz has conducted many operas with the Eugene Opera including “Don Giovanni,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Faust,” “La Bohème,” and “Nixon in China” among others He has also worked with the Boston Lyric Opera as well as Wolf Trap Opera Company.