The Academy of Vocal Arts

Christofer Macatsoris

Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Chair

Maestro Macatsoris began his conducting career in Italy at the Conservatory in Milan. He went on to study conducting privately with such famed maestri as Fausto Cleva, Max Rudolf, and Tullio Serafin, and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti. Among his many performance credits are appearances with Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Pennsylvania Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, and numerous American regional opera companies. In 1970 Max Rudolf invited him to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he taught and conducted for seven years.

Mr. Macatsoris was the music director of the weekly NBC-TV program, Opera Theatre, and was music director and conductor for two seasons with the Opera at Ambler Festival. As a pianist, he toured with Metropolitan Opera singers in recital programs.

As music director of the Academy of Vocal Arts since 1977, he has led critically acclaimed performances of Puccini’s ll trittico and Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Britten’s Albert Herring, which was broadcast on PBS. In addition, many operas received their Delaware Valley premieres at AVA under his baton, including Mozart’s Idomeneo and La finta giardiniera, Handel’s Deidamia, Strauss’s Capriccio, Verdi’s Un giorno di regno, Puccini’s Edgar, Richard Wargo’s A Chekhov Trilogy, and recently, Respighi’s La fiamma. A champion of modern day composers, Mr. Macatsoris has premiered many new operas, always encouraging and supporting living composers.

In addition to engagements in Europe, Mr. Macatsoris has conducted in many regional American houses. He has been on the conducting staff of San Francisco Opera Company and on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. He is in great demand as a lecturer and for master classes, and has conducted them at major universities, including Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and the University at Buffalo SUNY. He frequently serves as a panel judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Mr. Macatsoris consistently earns high praise for his interpretive abilities and total commitment to excellent opera theater.