Michel Singher, Conductor


Michel SingherIn addition to distinguished careers on the concert podium and as a teacher, Michel Singher has conducted over seventy operas, ranging in style from Scarlatti to Stephen Paulus, in hundreds of performances for European and American opera houses.

He was born in Paris, the son of Martial Singher, preeminent French baritone of the 1940s and 1950s, and began professional life in his teens as his father's recital accompanist. His A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard had a large emphasis on French literature. He has spoken French since childhood.

Michel Singher's maternal grandfather was the internationally revered German conductor Fritz Busch, who gave Michel his first piano lessons. Singher spent a decade conducting in German opera houses, including the Hamburgische Staatsoper. He has spoken German since childhood.

In his initial years as a repetiteur in Hamburg, Singher assisted Maestro Nello Santi on many productions of Italian operas. He has studied Italian at Columbia University.

Maestro Singher has conducted for many American opera companies from Alaska to Florida. At the specific request of Charles Mackerras, he was Sir Charles' understudy for two productions at San Francisco Opera.

On the symphonic podium, Michel Singher has led the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He was for several years Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, during which time his concerts with the conservatory's orchestras were frequently broadcast on NPR's "Performance Today"; he led the Oberlin Orchestra in an acclaimed all-Beethoven concert in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

He has conducted works by Luciano Berio, Michael Daugherty (world premiere), Alexander Goehr, Lee Hoiby, Henry Mollicone, and Stephen Paulus in their presence and with their unequivocal approvals.

Photo: Hank Schneider

More resourcers on Michel Singher

  1. http://espressorch.org/bio/michel_singher_bio.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Singher

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