Music Director, American Composers Orchestra;
Director of Orchestral Studies, Manhattan School of Music
Manager: Elizabeth Crittenden , Artistic Advisor & Consultant
Management Territory: Worldwide
George Manahan was the right man for the job: a seasoned leader with a flair for coordinating dramatic works, not least from his New York City Opera tenure... he drew an appropriately weighty introduction from his young players; pert, springy outer movements framed a lissome Andante. Steve Smith, New York Times, March 24, 2012 Manhattan School of Music "Double Feature: New Music With Old Soul"
"Mr. Manahan and the orchestra gave a mesmerizing account of this fiercely original music." Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, March 28, 2011 - NYCO's 'Monodramas'
“What a difference it makes to hear the piece performed by an opera conductor who palpably believes in it…the fervent and sensitive performance that Mr. Manahan presided over made the best case for this opera that I have encountered.” Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, January 16, 2009 - NYCO's 'Anthony and Cleopatra' at Carnegie Hall
The wide-ranging and versatile George Manahan has had an esteemed career embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. Music Director of the American Composer’s Orchestra and the Portland Opera (OR), he served as Music Director of New York City Opera for fourteen seasons, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Opera Companies of Seattle, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera National du Paris and Teatro de Communale de Bologna and the National, New Jersey, Atlanta . . . , San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis Symphonies, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. A recipient of Columbia University’s Ditson Conducting Award, he was honored four times by the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) for his commitment to 20th-century music during his tenure as Music Director of the Richmond Symphony (VA). Dedicated to the music of our time, he has led premiers of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, David Lang’s Modern Painters, Hans Werner Henze’s The English Cat, Terence Blanchard’s Champion, the New York premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner and Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman’s Grammy Award winning Ask Your Mama, a collaboration with soprano Jessye Norman, The Roots, and the orchestra of St. Luke's. Recent seasons have included appearances at the Santa Fe Opera, Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in a concert performance of Gluck's Alceste featuring Deborah Voigt, the Music Academy of the West, and the Aspen Music Festival. The Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of his New York City Opera production of Madame Butterfly won an Emmy Award. Mr. Manahan's discography includes the Grammy Award nominated recording of Edward Thomas' DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, with the London Symphony, and Steve Reich's TEHILLIM on the EMI-Warner Brothers label. He is Director of Orchestral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music as well as frequent guest conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music.